Townsville Integrated Transport Plan


It is estimated that by 2036, Townsville will attract 42,500 more residents. To support this growth, Townsville City Council adopted the Townsville Integrated Transport Plan: Strategic Directions, on the 24 November 2021. This strategic plan was prepared with one vision, 19 objectives and 25 key initiatives, to guide future planning of transport in Townsville.

Building on initial consultation completed through the ‘Change the Gears’ Transport Survey (held from 6 August 2019 to 2 September 2019) and the draft Townsville Integrated Transport Plan: Strategic Directions (held from 9 November 2020 to 4 December 2020), this adopted plan seeks to address social, economic, and environmental changes across our region  and discuss new and emerging trends in mobility while aligning with the overall needs of the community.

Goal and vision

The goal of the Integrated Transport Plan: Strategic Directions, is to create safe and socially inclusive access to services, employment, education and recreational opportunities for all residents and visitors to Townsville. The plan supports effective and sustainable transport that underpins the safety, amenity and economic prosperity of the city and the wider North Queensland region.  These principles are embedded in the plan and its vision:

“Townsville has a flexible and responsive world class transport system which meets the needs and aspirations of the community and industry and reflects the city’s position as the capital of Northern Australia.”

Department of Transport and Main Roads endorsement

As the responsibility for the transport network involves both local and state governments, Townsville City Council requested that the Department of Transport and Main Roads endorse the Townsville Integrated Transport Plan: Strategic Directions. The Director General wrote to Townsville City Council’s Chief Executive Officer on 24 September 2021 commending the plan and supporting the Department of Transport and Main Road-related initiatives.

Implementation program

To ensure that the initiatives of the plan are delivered, an on-going implementation program has been initiated.

Of the 25 key initiatives, 16 are led by Townsville City Council and 9 are led by the Department of Transport and Main Roads.  All initiatives have an indicative timeframe and updates will be provided to the community over the life cycle of the plan.  Some initiatives have already commenced.

Council will continue to the work with key stakeholders to ensure the plan guides transport decisions in Townsville.