Council finds experienced pair of hands for North Rail Yards project

Date published: 18 August 2023

Council is delighted to bring on experienced local businessman John Rosel as the first board member and chair of the company to oversee the North Rail Yards project.

The North Rail Yards will be an active and exciting precinct that provides contemporary use of the rail heritage buildings but retains their key architectural form and historical elements.

Mr Rosel is a Townsville local with extensive experience in property development, including attraction of investors, and he will use his expertise to head the Council formed company and oversee the development of the North Rail Yards.

Acting Townsville Mayor Mark Molachino said Mr Rosel had excellent knowledge of North Rail Yards, including the site constraints.

“John will lead the way as The North Rail Yards company looks to formalise the sites as the southern gateway into Townsville City,” Cr Molachino said.

“Council has a vision to see his project contain high-density residential housing with commercial and cultural activities that educate and celebrate our city’s heritage and future.

“The development of the Townsville North Rail Yards presents a significant opportunity to reconnect the City of Townsville to its past and create a unique and exciting offering within the Waterfront Priority Development Area (PDA).”

Mr Rosel said he was excited to be involved with this city building project to help deliver a great outcome for the people of Townsville.

“The North Rail Yards has been a long time in the making and has had to overcome many hurdles. However, the intensive work that council has done on this site, to overcome those hurdles and mitigate the risk, has brought us to this point,” he said.

“There is still a lot of work ahead, but this is an exciting opportunity, and one I am honoured to lead for Townsville.”

Expressions of interest for development of the site will be released Monday, August 21.

For more information visit Council’s North Rail Yards Project page.

The North Rail Yards project will be led by local businessman John Rosel.
Caption: The North Rail Yards project will be led by local businessman John Rosel.