Townsville vies for share of State funding

Date published: 13 March 2017

A project to support future expansion at the Townsville Airport and a pathway to connect the Palmetum with the University and Townsville Hospital precinct have been shortlisted for funding.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the two projects were in the running under Round 3 of the State Government’s Building our Regions infrastructure program.

Council is seeking a total of $1.5 million for the projects under a 50/50 split funding arrangement aimed at delivering more job creation projects throughout regional Queensland.

Cr Hill said she was pleased to see a stronger focus on funding for the regions but thought the next stage of assessment was likely to be competitive.

“I understand there is strong competition for the $375 million funding pool, of which $150 million has already been allocated,” Cr Hill said.

“Council is preparing a strong case for the next round. If we are successful, construction will start in the first half of 2018.”

Project details are as follows:

1. Townsville University Road Community Path
Total Cost - $700k  Grant funding sought  - $350k

Construction of a 2.5m wide concrete shared path along University Road from the end of the existing path at the Palmetum carpark, connecting to the existing pedestrian bridge and completing connection to Sinclair Street’s existing path.

The pathway will be an important access way for the Townsville Hospital, James Cook University and Tec-NQ.

2. Townsville Airport Industrial Area (John Melton Black Drive) Water Main
Total Cost - $2.3m   Grant funding sought - $1.15m

The new trunk water main will supply all future developments along John Melton Black Drive. It will provide a more reliable primary water supply to the expanding Townsville Airport, and its future redevelopment and a new interconnection to the existing water network in Garbutt.