Queensland State Election | Fourth & Final Week


We are now one day away from official polling day and what a four week campaign it has been. North Queensland has certainly been front and centre of the hustings from when the starter's gun fired on Tuesday 6 October right up until here today on election eve.

The spotlight we’ve seen on Townsville and the North is testament to our business and community’s advocacy efforts well in advance of this election, and as we look to our election priorities and commitments received, we see a lot of green lights for our region.

Click on the video below to watch Townsville Enterprise CEO Patricia O'Callaghan's wrap up of the 2020 State Election campaign

We’ve seen the Premier, Deputy Premier, Opposition Leader, Katter’s Australian Party Leader and countless Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet Ministers visit Townsville and North Queensland almost daily across the past four weeks. This fourth and final week has been no different with all three leaders starting their last week of the election campaign on the hustings in Townsville.

With each visit we have welcomed a raft of commitments to our region’s priorities. Many of which have been a key part of our advocacy agenda for a number of years and highlighted in the Unlock the North document we launched with our regional council partners and TaskforceNQ at Parliament House in August.

Importantly, over the course of this campaign period much of that support announced for North Queensland projects has been bipartisan. Both major parties have committed to building Big Rocks Weir, progressing CopperString 2.0, boosting our tourism marketing funding, Townsville Hospital infrastructure upgrades, reducing irrigation costs for famers, Magnetic Island road upgrades, the Museum of Underwater Art is now fully funded and Glencore's door will remain open. This means that no matter who forms government after tomorrow, these projects and policies are secured for the north and that means jobs for our community.

Download your copy of the Townsville North Queensland 'Unlock the North' Projects & Policies Platform HERE


The Election Update we’ve been publishing in the Saturday Townsville Bulletin over the past few weeks is a clear indicator of which projects and policies have and have not been greenlighted by parties. This table reflects the current commitment status provided to Townsville Enterprise by Labor, LNP, KAP, One Nation, Greens, and NQ First towards the priorities in our Unlock the North document.

From a project and policy perspective, it's good news for our community as the green lights we've received aren’t just commitments from the major parties but importantly also from the other parties if they are in a position to influence the next Parliament.

Our message to all parties is that even as we continue to work on the rest of the pipeline for the future, our expectation of these significant commitments in this election is nothing short of full delivery. We will hold whoever wins accountable to their commitments – no wriggle room – and that’s a message that applies equally to every party.

The final update on the commitment status from each party will be published in tomorrow’s Townsville Bulletin. Click HERE to download last week's update.

We thank all incumbents and candidates representing the electorates across our region for their engagement with Townsville Enterprise in lead up to the election and during the campaign period. We also wish to acknowledge the Premier, Opposition Leader and KAP Leader for their engagement over the past three years. We wish them all well on polling day and look forward to hitting the ground running with our elected representatives, the State Government and the entire 57th Parliament of Queensland.

Please scroll down to view what was announced this week and if you've missed any of our updates across the campaign and for a recap on all the commitments made to our region, click the following links for WEEK 1, WEEK 2, & WEEK 3.

  • Premier Annastacia Palaszuzuk
  • Opposition Leader, Deb Frecklington
  • Deputy Premier, Steven Miles
  • Katter's Australian Party Leader, Robbie Katter
  • Treasurer, Cameron Dick
  • Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey
  • Shadow Tourism Minister David Crisafulli
  • Shadow Attorney General & Shadow Justice Minster, David Janetzki

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk begun week 4 of the campaign in Townsville on Sunday, travelling south along the coast to Bowen, Airlie Beach, Mackay, and back to the South East. Across the week the Premier announced:

  • $12M towards upgrading road and rail infrastructure to access the site of the Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct and Drive It NQ
  • $4M for the Townsville Sailing Club to purchase the land and develop its Aquatic Sports Hub
  • $20M capital grant towards the Royal Flying Doctors Service facility and a new 10 year partnership between government and RFDS
  • $53M road upgrades in Townsville ($46.4M for Stuart and Mervyn Crossman Drives intersection, $7M towards Magnetic Island roads, traffic lights added to Fairfield Waters intersection)
  • $6M towards a new ambulance station at Burdell
  • $21M over two years towards establishing two multi-purpose container ships in Queensland and a new shipping service between Townsville and Brisbane
  • $10M towards veteran employment assistance, infrastructure funding, legal help, and homelessness support
  • $50M water reduction policy for growers from 1 July 2021 (50% reduction for fruit and vegetable growers on irrigation scheme and 15% reduction in fees for broad acre farmers)
  • Additional $10M towards Labor's Hydrogen Industry Development Fund to partner with the private sector

Labor announcements HERE


Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington also started the final week of the campaign in Townsville, before moving south to Mackay, Rockhampton and onto Brisbane, announcing:

  • $2.5M Townsville District Rugby Union facilities redevelopment
  • $10M to establish a police taskforce in Townsville dedicated to ice prevention and boosting the existing drug squad
  • $2M partnership with Cowboys House on a mental health awareness program
  • Appointing a Townsville-based Deputy Coordinator General focusing on unlocking projects in the North West Minerals Province
  • $80M to expand National Parks and protected areas
  • $13M Manufacturing Innovation Fund ($8M for manufacturers to develop new products and a $5M Fund for $25K matched grants for manufacturers new ICT capability)

LNP announcements HERE


In Townsville at the start of the week, Katter's Australian Party Leader Robbie Katter announced he will:

  • Call on the government to waive payroll tax for the entire 2020-21 and 2021-22 periods for tourism businesses that can demonstrate a 50 per cent decline in their revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Introduce legislation for North Queensland to secede from the rest of the state during the next term of government

KAP Policy Platform HERE


This morning Townsville Enterprise CEO, Patricia O'Callaghan spoke to Michael Clarke on ABC North Queensland to discuss our thoughts on how this State Election campaign has played out for Townsville and North Queensland.

Click HERE or on the play button to the right and skip to the 45:07 mark to listen to Michael's interview with Trish in full.


Both the ALP and LNP this week revealed the costings to fund their election commitments. Treasurer Cameron Dick announced Labor would borrow $4B to pay for its commitments and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander announced the LNP's election promises calculated at just over $5B, offset by an estimated $3.4B in savings. A reelected Labor government has promised to hand down a budget the week beginning 30 November, and if elected the LNP will deliver its budget in the first 100 days.

On Wednesday, Sky News and the Courier Mail held the 'People's Forum' Debate between Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington. The debate gave undecided voters in the audience the chance to pose questions to the two leaders live in Brisbane. Click HERE to watch how that encounter unfolded. The Leaders also went head to head again today at the Queensland Media Club in Brisbane for the final debate of the campaign. Here they were posed questions by our state's leading political journalists and also from each other. You can watch a replay HERE.

We have also seen the final candidate debate for our region's electorates, which was rounded out with the seat of Traeger between the incumbent Robbie Katter Leader of the KAP and the LNP candidate, Marnie Smith. You can find that debate at the Townsville Bulletin's website HERE along with any other debates you may have missed.

As of Thursday 29 October, over 1 million Queenslanders had already cast their vote at pre-poll booths, with a further 900,000 set to vote via postal application. If you're not one of the over 60% of the state that has either pre-polled or postal voted, you can find your nearest polling booth for tomorrow by clicking HERE.


Today the Premier and Chief Health Officer (CHO) announced that the Queensland border to 32 Local Government Areas of Greater Sydney and the whole state of Victoria will remain closed, but reopen to all other parts of NSW from 1am 3 November.

People in Greater Sydney will be allowed into Queensland provided they have spent at least 14 days out of the NSW hotspots without testing positive to COVID-19. NSW residents in the expanded border bubble will be permitted to travel into Queensland via Sydney Airport but will need to travel through Sydney without stopping. Click HERE for more information and the list of the 32 restricted areas.

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