Townsville City Council’s State Election priorities

Date published: 8 November 2017

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill and Deputy Mayor Les Walker met with Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls today, to discuss the city’s State Election priorities.

Mayor Jenny Hill said the meeting was constructive and she welcomed the LNP re-affirming its commitment of $225 million for water infrastructure to secure Townsville’s future water supply.

“I will always back what is good for this city,” Cr Hill said.

“We now have bipartisan support to fund critical water infrastructure to ensure water security into the future.

“And we welcome the LNP’s policy commitment to fund a police helicopter for North Queensland.”

Other issues discussed included potential State support for a feasibility study into the Lithium-ion battery plant and building a driver training and motorsport centre – Drive It NQ.

Cr Hill said she hoped both major parties would make commitments on key issues for Townsville such as securing State support for the Lithium-ion battery plant.

“This project has the potential to transform Townsville’s economy and position the city as a global leader in high-tech manufacturing,” Cr Hill said.

“It’s important the State show its support for the project and that’s why we’re asking for both major parties to fund the feasibility study.”

Cr Hill said funding for a new Concert Hall for the city was also needed.

“The Townsville Civic Theatre is booked out two years in advance so there is clearly the demand for this facility in our city,” Cr Hill said.

“It would help cement the city’s reputation as a premier regional destination for music and cultural events.”