Regional Projects

Council is involved in a number of Queensland state projects that benefit Townsville and the North Queensland region.

Queensland Government - North Queensland Regional Plan

The North Queensland region was designated under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 in the Queensland Government Gazette on 7 July 2016, to allow for the preparation of a North Queensland Regional Plan (NQRP). The Regional Plan sets out the vision for the future of North Queensland, and the plan making process gives local government and the wider community the opportunity to raise local issues.

The region includes five local government areas:

  • Townsville
  • Burdekin
  • Charters Towers
  • Hinchinbrook
  • Palm Island

The NQRP is currently being prepared by the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning.

For more information please see the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning's website.

Queensland Government - Master Planning for Priority Port

As part of the Queensland Government Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan to secure the health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef, the Queensland Government is implementing a number of key port-related actions to meet a range of outcomes for the reef.

The Sustainable Ports Development Act 2015 (Ports Act), which commenced on 20 November 2015, is the legislative mechanism for the implementation of a number of these actions and commitments. Under the Ports Act, four priority ports have been designated to undergo a master planning process, these being the ports of:

  • Gladstone
  • Abbot Point
  • Townsville; and
  • Hay Point/Mackay.

The Queensland Government has commenced master planning for the Port of Gladstone, and master planning for the Port of Townsville commenced in February 2017. Processes for the ports of Abbot Point and Hay Point/Mackay will formally commence during 2017.

For more information about Priority Port Master Planning please see the Department of State Development's website.