Townsville City Deal

The Townsville City Deal will improve the lives of Townsville residents through job creation, economic growth, investment in local infrastructure, a revitalised urban centre, and a more vibrant and liveable city.

The City Deal is a 15 year commitment between the Commonwealth Government, Queensland Government and the Townsville City Council to work together to plan and deliver transformative outcomes for Townsville and its residents.

The Townsville City Deal will help grow the economy of Townsville by supporting the city to be, by 2030:

  • The economic gateway to Asia and Northern Australia.
  • A prosperous and lifestyle rich city for its community and visitors.
  • A global leader in tropical and marine research and innovation.

The Townsville City Deal will achieve this through the delivery of six key initiatives:

Capital of North Queensland - Build on the unique advantages of the city and continue growing Townsville as a place where people want to live and work.

International Education and Training is a key commitment in the Townsville City Deal. Sitting under Capital of North Queensland, all levels of Government commit to Develop Townsville’s global reputation as a world-class destination for education, edu-tourism, training and research.

Townsville City Council is working collaboratively with Trade Investment QLD, Study Townsville, Townsville Edu-Tourism (link to their site) and all other local proponents in order to facilitate the delivery of this key outcome for the region.

Industry Powerhouse for the North - Establish Townsville as the preferred location in north Queensland for industrial development of regional, state and national significance.

Innovative and Connected City - Attract new employment and diversify Townsville’s economy by building on natural advantages, embracing digital solutions, using the sharing economy and developing an appropriately skilled workforce. For more information visit the Smart Townsville strategy here.

Defence Hub - Improve visibility for local businesses about defence industry investment in Townsville to encourage involvement.

Port City - Continue to grow the Port of Townsville as a key import and export gateway to service freight demand across northern Queensland.

Enabling Infrastructure - Successfully accommodate growth now and into the future with a reliable and secure energy and water supply.

The Implementation Plan for the Townsville City Deal was released on 24 April 2017. The Implementation Plan identifies how commitments under the Deal will be delivered over the next five years to boost confidence for industry and investors, create more jobs and stimulate a more diverse economy.

Progress Reports are available to view or download at the  Australian Government's Townsville City Deal web page.

Queensland Country Bank Stadium

The Queensland Country Bank Stadium was a key project to come out of the Townsville City Deal, and is a centrally located, 25,000 seat, best practice, multi-purpose regional stadium that was officially opened in February 2020. The project provides the necessary infrastructure to deliver more activation and development opportunities for the Townsville City Waterfront Priority Development Area and the Townsville CBD.

The stadium features a pandanus-leaf inspired roof, which was specially designed to withstand North Queensland’s extreme weather. 9,100m2 of special-purpose, durable PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) fabric on the roof and kites is weather, fire and UV resistant. Its smooth Teflon coating allows it to be washed by rain, reducing the need for cleaning


The Stadium is a joint project of the Queensland Government ($140m), Australian Government ($100m), and Townsville City Council (land and enabling infrastructure), and is supported by both the National Rugby League and the North Queensland Cowboys.

Watpac were awarded Managing Contractor of the Stadium build, and worked closely with the principal consultant, Cox Architecture, and its team of local consultants.

The Stadium forms part of the Townsville City Deal signed in December 2016.

Key project statistics

  • More than 500 local businesses have been engaged in the supply chain
  • More than 2,200 jobs were supported during construction
  • From catering to security, the venue will provide up to 1,000 jobs during a major event, as well as indirect jobs through suppliers and contractors

To build this landmark for Townsville, it took:

  • 23,000 tonnes of concrete
  • 2,493 tonnes of steel
  • 190,000 bricks and blocks
  • 60,000 litres of paint
  • 204.5 kilometres of electric cable
  • 2 kilometres of beer lines
  • 11,000m² of turf.

New stadium street names

In 2019, the Townsville community was given the opportunity to put forward names for the three new streets in the stadium precinct. Over 1,200 submissions were received and by using popular choices, the decision was made to name the new streets Graham Murray Place, Wally Tallis Way, and Pride Close. Graham Murray and Wally Tallis Senior were both prominent figures in the Townsville football community. Pride close was chosen to reflect the Townsville community sentiment.

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