Unlock the North - 2021

Townsville Enterprise, the North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (NQROC) and North Queensland’s business community are working closer than ever before in advocating for the region as one voice.

COVID-19 has illustrated just how important North Queensland is to the nation’s economy. Without the region’s key industries such as Agriculture, Mining, Minerals Processing, Defence and Health, the national economy would look much different today. Whilst no industry or region has been immune to the impacts of the pandemic, these are the industries and this is the region which has the potential to play a leading role in our national recovery and keep Australians in jobs.

The continued focus on economic recovery is critical to the future of North Queensland and the partnership between business and Government has never been more important. As we look ahead to the 2021 Federal Budget, we are making a strong case for targeted investment and policy support to ensure the North not only recovers but plays its part in supporting the nation’s recovery and future resilience building.

North Queensland has the people, the potential and the projects that can support Australia’s long-term economic recovery and growth. North Queenslanders remain strong, we are resilient, and we are optimistic about our future, because a Strong North Queensland is a Strong Nation.


View the full list of projects and policies that feature in our 2021 Federal Budget Submission.


Advocacy Updates

Submission Launch

Wednesday 3 February 2021

As Australia continues to grapple with the economic impacts of COVID-19, through its 2021 Federal Budget Submission, Townsville Enterprise has provided a roadmap that urges the Federal Government to unlock North Queensland through policy reform and investment towards key industries that can play a critical role in the nation’s recovery.

The 2021 Townsville North Queensland Federal Government Budget Submission, developed with Townsville, Burdekin, Charters Towers, Hinchinbrook, and Palm Island councils and the business community, outlines how the Commonwealth can fast-track support to ramp up private investment and jobs in North Queensland for the betterment of the nation.


2021 Unlock the North Canberra Delegation | DAY 1 & 2

23 February 2021

The first two days of the Unlock the North delegation to Parliament House in Canberra this week has seen Townsville Enterprise and North Queensland Councils directly engaging with Ministers, Shadow Ministers, Cross Benchers, Chiefs of Staff and Senior Advisors across a range of key portfolios for our region.

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2021 Unlock the North Canberra Delegation | DAY 3

24 February 2021

It was another full meeting program today engaging with Cabinet, Shadow Cabinet Ministers and Senior Advisers on Day 3 of the Unlock the North delegation to Parliament House in Canberra.

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2021 Unlock the North Canberra Delegation | DAY 4

25 February 2021

The fourth and final day of the Unlock the North delegation in Canberra today started with a meeting with the Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison.

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