2019/20 Budget - More than 2,800 jobs forecast from $409.1m infrastructure spend

Date published: 25 June 2019

More than 2,800 direct and indirect jobs are predicted to be created from Townsville City Council’s $409.1 million infrastructure and capital investment in the 2019/20 Budget.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said Council delivering the infrastructure and capital projects in the Budget is forecast to create 2,831 direct and indirect jobs locally.

“Council is again delivering another major infrastructure program to create jobs now and build our city’s future,” Cr Hill said.

“Thousands of direct and indirect jobs are expected to be created from the infrastructure investment included in Council’s 2019/20 Budget.”

“I’m very proud to have delivered another major infrastructure and building program for our city.”

The Budget includes $117.9 million in funding from the Queensland Government to be invested in completing the city’s new water pipeline, $11.3 million for the Tobruk Pool redevelopment, $6.6 million for the Stormwater Drainage Renewals Program and many other suburban infrastructure projects.

Infrastructure Committee Chair Cr Mark Molachino said more than $1.2 billion had been allocated to infrastructure and capital projects in the four budgets of this term of Council.

“The Mayor and our team of Councillors have been focused on delivering the infrastructure projects that will build our city’s future,” Cr Molachino said.

“These infrastructure projects provide a major boost to the economy and allow local businesses to grow and hire more locals.

“Council’s dedication to deliver significant infrastructure and capital investment each year plays an important role in supporting economic and jobs growth.”