New committee to enhance city's image

Date published: 25 January 2017

A new advisory committee will provide guidance to beautify the city and present Townsville in the best possible light to visitors and residents.

Council today endorsed the establishment of the City Image Advisory Committee which will consist of council representatives, traders, professionals and key stakeholders.

The committee will provide a forum for members of the community to provide input into projects such as landscaping, providing shade, rejuvenating areas such as the CBD and generally creating the best first impression for visitors.

The following members were selected after an expressions of interest process:

  • Mayor Jenny Hill (Chair);
  • Cr Ann-Maree Greaney – Councillor Division 3;
  • Director – TCC Planning and Community Engagement;
  • Bridget Hart – Aspect8;
  • Ken Tippett – Ken Tippett Design;
  • Lucy Downes – CBD Retailer;
  • Zammi Rohan – 9point9 Architects;
  • David Stefanovic – Australian Institute of Architects;
  • Crista Harrison – Stockland Commercial Property;
  • Michael Baker – Marketing Garage; and
  • Steve Price – 4TO

The committee does not have an allocated budget and secretarial resources will be provided by council’s Heritage and Urban Planning Unit.

Cr Greaney said a list of hot topics had been established for the group to tackle.

“This ranges from the selection of appropriate trees for the CBD, through to the maintenance of vacant shop facades, maintaining the Strand jetty and entertainment and lifestyle opportunities for the city plus much more,” Cr Greaney said.

“The committee will engage with a cross section of stakeholders and receive broad advice on the development of the city’s image.

“We want Townsville to be a beautiful city that people enjoy all year round, with their friends and families. We want the community to embrace, be proud and help positively promote our City to attract people to come and stay here, not just visitors but for the residents as well.

“We hope this committee will help council identify opportunities to enhance the image of the city, which will in turn help in realising the potential for the City of Townsville.”