GROWING NORTH QUEENSLAND
Growth of Northern Australia is inevitable and in the best interest of the nation to ensure the North’s future is one of strength, durability and innovation. Townsville has been identified as one of the major metropolitan cities of the future that will support this growth. This was highlighted recently with the Australia Local Government Association’s release of the State of the Regions 2014-15 report.
“Given the geography of Northern Australia, and its vast area, it would seem that it has room for two major cities, one on the north coast facing Indonesia and one on the east coast facing out over the Pacific. Based on present urban populations, the obvious nominees are Darwin and Townsville. It would be wise to begin to envisage these two currently small cities as metropolitan areas with populations in the millions.”
SOURCE - TOWNSVILLE ENTERPRISE
TOWNSVILLE DEVELOPMENTS & INFRASTRUCTURE
ROSS CREEK PDA
The Townsville City Waterfront PDA covers approximately 97.2* hectares and incorporates land on both sides of Ross Creek adjacent to the Townsville Central Business District (CBD). The $136.6* million City Waterfront Project will evolve into a $1.9* billion premier urban precinct and will be the most significant waterfront redevelopment since The Strand
FLINDERS STREET UPGRADE
The $56.6* million redevelopment project was recognised by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA). The Townsville CBD project was given an Award for Excellence in the Great Place category at the 2011 Awards for Planning Excellence
STADIUM NORTHERN AUSTRALIA
The proposed $300m* Stadium and Entertainment Centre Precinct will be an integrated elite sports stadium, entertainment and events facility incorporating a National Centre for Indigenous Sporting Excellence – expected completion by 2021.
KINGS STREET PRECINCT
The Griffin Group has joined forces with the Gleeson Group to develop the King Street Precinct, an iconic CBD redevelopment including Queens Hotel, a new cultural precinct and connection of the Strand with Townsville City Council’s waterfront re-development.
CITY LANE/CITY ARCADE
City Arcade is a dynamic, mixed use development located in the heart of Townsville’s CBD. This modern day-to-night centre anchored by Australia’s GPO offers a mix of shopping, dining, services retail and office space catering to city workers, residents, visitors and tourists alike.
Central’s retail and commercial precinct, Central Village, is set to become the new lifestyle destination of Townsville’s CBD. Central Village will showcases sidewalk cafes, open air dining, a pedestrian plaza, as well as abundant patron car parking. Central Village features national cinema operator Birch Carroll and Coyle, who have opened a new 780-seat complex - the addition of the cinema has created a real village feel for the precinct.
PORT OF TOWNSVILLE
Port of Townsville Limited proposes an expansion of the Port of Townsville to accommodate this growth over a planning horizon to 2040. A number of additional berths (six) and land reclamation (approximately 100ha) will be required to accommodate this forecast trade increase through the construction of a new outer harbour. Deepening and other minor modifications to the approach channels (the Platypus and Sea Channels) will also be required to improve accessibility for vessels and allow for increased shipping movements.
AIRPORT – INTERNATIONAL STATUS REINVIGORATED
Townsville Airport has announced its plans for a $40M* upgrade of the Townsville Airport. This significant investment comes on the back of its international status being reinstated earlier in 2015. The overhaul of the terminal will include a reconfiguration of the international departure lounge, the addition of airline lounge facilities, food and retail outlets and expansion of security facilities, as well as corporate enhancements.
The Discovery Rise development is based around the colocation of James Cook University Townsville, The Townsville Hospital and associated agencies. JCU will develop 136* hectares of land to establish a mixed use precinct consisting of education, research, health, commercial, residential, community and allied facilities. Discovery Rise is a strategic location with an existing employment base of over 6000* workers, 12,000* students and large numbers of health service users.
In July 2011 the hospital’s new $94 million* North Block opened as the first stage of the $449 million* redevelopment project. North Block included the opening of the hospital’s new 75 bay emergency department (ED) which is now the biggest ED in Queensland. North Block also includes a 34 bed maternity unit and an expanded Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Townsville is regarded as Australia’s largest garrison city, with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) a pivotal component of the Townsville economy. The region is home to over 15,000* defence force personnel and their dependents. The Defence White Paper (2009) identified Townsville as a critical air and sea port for operations in the defence of Australia. Undergoing its recent expansion Townsville has become Australia’s first defence “super base’’ after the army’s first two CH-47F Chinook helicopters were commissioned in the city in May 2015 – a $615m* investment. Defence provides a stable foundation for the Townsville economy, which generated nearly $11 billion* in GRP over 2012/13. Townsville has significant potential to support greater defence operations and basing capability over the next two decades. In May 2016 the Singaporean Army announced its plans to invest $2.25 billion into expanding its army bases in the Townsville region.
The proposed $30m* redevelopment plans for Jupiters Townsville Hotel & Casino have been revealed with one vision in mind – to develop the property into a contemporary entertainment precinct for the North
SOURCES USED & FURTHER INFORMATION :
Ross Creek PDA – Source: http://www.townsville.qld.gov.au/business/economic/Documents/Waterfront%20PDA%20Factsheet%20final.pdf
Flinders Street Upgrade – Source: http://www.citygreen.com/case-studies/flinders-st-mall-wins-urbandevelopment-award/
Stadium Northern Australia - Source: http://www.townsville.qld.gov.au/council/publications/corporate/Documents/Stadium%20Northern%20Australia.pdf
Kings Street Precinct – Source: www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/news/townsville/major-makeover-in-cbd/story-fnjfzsax-1227493747111
City Lane/City Arcade – Source - http://www.lancinigroup.com.au/portfolio/retail
Central Village – Source: http://www.centralliving.com.au/index.asp?pagename=Retail+%26+Commercial
Port – Source: http://www.townsville-port.com.au/port-development/infrastructure/port-expansion-project
Airport – Source: http://www.townsvilleairport.com.au/townsville-airport-releases-major-development-plan-for-terminal/
JCU - http://www.discoveryrise.com.au/news/cornerstone-eoi
Hospital - Source: www.health.qld.gov.au/townsville/Redevelopment/redevelopment.asp
Defence - Source: http://www.movetotownsville.com.au/employment-education-and-health/defence&www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/Townsville-welcomes-first-two-ch-47f-chinooks-into-service/story-fnjfzprw-1227338090947
Signapore Army - Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-06/singapore-to-expand-queensland-defence-bases/7389168
Casino - Source: http://www.jupiterstownsville.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Jupiters-Media-Release-5-May-2015.pdf
Bus Hub - http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/news/townsville/bus-hub-to-result-in-traffic-changes/story-fnjfzsax-1227350973859