Liveability in Townsville

Liveability Study

Cover of the Townsville Liveability Study 2022 Report.

In 2019, Townsville City Council teamed up with Place Score to conduct the city’s first Liveability Study – a transformative way to identify Townsville’s community values. The study embeds a citizen-centric approach in local government by understanding evidence-based community values and using the information for the prioritisation of investment (built and social infrastructure and services). The study involves two surveys, highlighting what people value most in an ideal neighbourhood and how people are currently experiencing their neighbourhoods across Townsville.

The Liveability Study provides a consistent approach to collecting community insights. Over time, Council will conduct the study periodically to measure performance and monitor the effects of other external factors on liveability. Since 2019, the liveability study has been conducted every couple of years. The results from the survey have given Council a clear way to prioritise investments and make sure we’re delivering works that align with what the community values.

The 2022 Liveability Study collected 4,383 surveys from residents. Townsville received an overall liveability score of 61 out of 100.

Liveability Study Reports

Conducted during September and October of each report year:

Liveability Strategy

Cover of the Liveability Strategy 2020-2024

The Liveability Strategy seeks to strengthen Townsville’s liveability assets and improve Townsville’s liveability challenges through a comprehensive and citizen-centric approach.

This will be achieved through the strategic alignment of land-use planning, infrastructure investment, environment protection, sustainable design and community development strategies.

Townsville City Council invited residents to participate and have their say on the Liveability Strategy. Community consultation took place from 11 December 2019 to 28 January 2020.

Community feedback helped to shape the final version of this document ahead of its adoption.

Download the Liveability Strategy 2020 - 2024. (PDF, 2.2 MB)

Townsville Liveability Barometer

A family enjoying a park

The Townsville Liveability Barometer, developed under the Smart City Strategy, is to be used to monitor performance in achieving the liveability goals outlined within this strategy. The Liveability Barometer is a tool which measures and benchmarks liveability indicators relevant to our city via three dials of measure: National Indicators, Community Values and Local Indicators. Evidence-informed planning and better monitoring of local government policy and projects can assist in assessing progress towards maintaining and strengthening the liveability of our city.

The Barometer is a virtual and open data source accessed through Townsville Dashboards which supports the Open Government data principles.