Townsville North Queensland offers a diverse, resilient and prosperous economic base that thrives on growth. Townsville is the key economic hub for Northern Australia, with one of the fastest growing economies in Australia and has more than doubled its Gross Regional Product over the past decade to an estimated $11.43B.
Public Administration and Defence
Townsville is one of Australia’s largest military cities with over 7,000 personnel (with 8,200 dependants) working from Lavarack Barracks. Townsville has the largest government sector in Queensland outside Brisbane with 17,000 government employees working across local, state and federal agencies according to the 2006 Census.
Sustainability and Innovation
According to the Australian Conversation Foundation, Townsville is the fourth most sustainable city in Australia scoring well on transport, biodiversity, health, employment and household debt. Townsville North Queensland is quickly becoming a powerhouse in sustainable, best-practice tropical expertise and design. Encompassing a range of vital industries from architectural design and engineering to research and medicine, Townsville North Queensland companies are becoming leaders in their chosen fields.
Key Sustainability Projects for Townsville North Queensland:
- Townsville Solar Cities: Townsville is one of only seven cities nationwide to be chosen to be part of the $94M Australian Government Solar Cities initiatives. The program is led by Ergon Energy and works with Local Government, industry and the community to cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50,000 tonnes over seven years.
- Campus District Cooling System: James Cook University is leading the way in energy efficient practices through its award-winning ‘Campus District Cooling’ (CDC) system. The system is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere and reduces energy consumption during peak times by up to 40%.
- IBM Smarter Cities Challenge: In 2011 Townsville received an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Grant that provides the city with access to IBM experts who assist in recommending technologies to enhance efficiencies throughout the city.
The Townsville Hospital is acknowledged as the primary health service hub for Northern Queensland. Townsville offers both public and private hospital options, providing the very latest in cardiac, obstetric, gynaecological, paediatric, neurosurgical, orthopaedic, cancer, mental health, neonatal, allied health, and anaesthetic and intensive care services to the community. The Townsville Hospital is the major teaching hospital for James Cook University’s School of Medicine and is also closely affiliated with the Central Queensland University and the University of Queensland.
The Townsville Hospital Emergency Department is the largest Emergency Department in Northern Queensland and sees over 60,000 patients a year. In addition to providing a service to the Townsville area, the Department also receives aeromedical transfers from the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Care Flight and Queensland Emergency Services.
Townsville North Queensland is a services hub for the Northern Australia mineralisation regions with approximately $13B worth of mining, construction and infrastructure projects either underway or proposed for the region. Three major mineral processing plants operate within the region. The Port of Townsville is a catalyst and partner in establishing and developing trade within Northern Queensland and is Queensland’s third largest multi-cargo port.
Townsville North Queensland has a booming farming and livestock sector and is recognised as one of Australia’s premier agricultural areas. The Burdekin is one of Australia’s largest sugar cane producing areas, with 80,000 hectares of land dedicated to this crop, with cane yields among the highest in the nation. Additionally, the Burdekin harvests onethird of the nation’s mangoes and also produces capsicums, zucchinis, pumpkins, corn, melons and an array of other fruit and vegetables. Charters Towers to the west of Townsville is recognised for its quality beef industry.
Townsville North Queensland offers access to world class experts and research centres within the marine science field. With the Great Barrier Reef on Townsville’s door step it is home to the headquarters of the Australian Institute of Marine Science and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Both organisations work to build capabilities in marine biodiversity and protect, conserve and develop the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Townsville is home to four world class educational institutions – James Cook University, Central Queensland University, TAFE Queensland North and Tec-NQ.
James Cook University (JCU) is Australia’s leading tropical research university and is Queensland’s second oldest university with over 19,000 students including 1,000 internationals of more than 100 nationalities. JCU’s main campus is based in Townsville with additional campuses in Cairns, Brisbane and Singapore.
Early 2015 saw the opening of Central Queensland University’s (CQU) Townsville Distance Education Study Centre and the Charters Towers Distance Education Study Hub. CQU currently has approximately 600 students in the Townsville North Queensland region studying via distance education.
TAFE Queensland North is the largest and most experienced provider of further education and training in Queensland offering practical, industry relevant training. Townsville is home to the newest TAFE Queensland North campus, the Townsville Trade Training Centre, a $37M state-of-the-art facility that trains more than 2,000 apprentices annually.
As Tec-NQ is both a registered training organisation and an independent senior secondary school, it provides an holistic approach to trade training. Tec-NQ’s flagship school-based program has helped hundreds of young people get their start in trade based careers by delivering a contextualised Year 11 and Year 12 curriculum.