Disability

Mobility in Townsville

Townsville City Council is committed to providing infrastructure that is accessible by all. With modern mapping technology, we can provide an accessibility rating system for our town.

Our mobility maps show the effort required to navigate the route. The effort maps are relevant to the elderly, frail and walkers, as well as users of wheelchairs, strollers and mobility scooters.

For more information, see Mobility in Townsville.

Accessing Townsville Guide

The Accessing Townsville Guide has been developed to assist people to access the various shops, restaurants, attractions, and services Townsville has on offer. It also helps to identify appropriate and accessible accommodation. It is a valuable tool for everyone with limited mobility including people with a disability, seniors, and parents with strollers.

Download a copy of the Accessing Townsville Guide (PDF, 535.2 KB)

Pensioner Transport Subsidy Scheme

The Pensioner Transport Subsidy Scheme (PTSS) encourages people who receive a pension to participate in community activities and to assist their access and mobility through the provision of a subsidy towards the costs of public transport. Visit our Seniors page for more information.

For more information contact Council's Community Services on 13 48 10.

Animal Registration

Council offers a concession to eligible owners who are the holder of an approved pensioner concession card*. Annual dog registration costs differ depending on whether the dog is desexed or entire. Annual registration and approvals need to be renewed by 31 August each year.

For more information, visit our Animal Registration and Legislation page.

Approved Pension - is a person who: * is and remains the holder of a Queensland "Pensioner Concession Card" issued by Centrelink or the Department of Veterans' Affairs Health Card (All conditions within Australia) or Department of Veterans Affairs Health Card (Totally and Permanently incapacitated).

Beach Accessibility

Beach access mats have been rolled out on The Strand to help improve accessibility for anyone in the community with a mobility issue. The beach mats allow people who use a wheelchair or parents pushing a pram or stroller to get onto the beach without assistance. The project cost almost $20,000 and was funded under the Queensland Government’s Works For Queensland program.

Going down to the beach and sitting on the sand with your family is something that a lot of people really take for granted.

These beach mats will allow anyone who uses a wheelchair or mobility device to be able to get down on to the beach and be with their friends and family.

It’s going to change people’s lives just by making it possible for people to get on to the beach unassisted. The Strand is one of our most iconic locations and now it is going to be accessible for everyone in our community.

The project is really important in making our community more accessible for everyone living here.

Council has been working with the Lifeguard Services to roll out the mats on a regular basis on the Strand Beach.

Beach Access Mats

Wheelchairs, prams and strollers can access Townsville’s beaches on mats in the following locations:

Beach Mat Availability
The Strand Every Friday 10:30am to Saturday 3:00pm and special events on the Strand Beach (in front of Strand Park).
Pallarenda TBA

Inclusive Community Advisory Committee (ICAC)

The purpose of the Inclusive Community Advisory Committee (ICAC) is to be a peak body of community representatives to provide advice to Council on current and emerging social and community planning needs and opportunities, policy matters and to promote community leadership through a ‘collective impact’ approach.

For more information visit the ICAC website.

Community Development Strategy 2014-2017

We have prepared the Community Development Strategy 2014-2017 to further develop relationships with the Townsville community. This document, which has replaced the existing ten strategic action plans, aims to guide decision making for Community Development over the next three years.

Download a copy of the Community Development Strategy 2014-2017 (PDF, 3.9 MB)