Progress is also being made on a number of the future opportunities identified in the City Deal.
Townsville Workforce Development Plan
On 22 September 2017, Jobs Queensland partnered with Townsville City Council to host a workshop with local business and industry leaders in Townsville to gather information and gain valuable insights on Townsville’s jobs and skills requirements. Jobs Queensland continued to engage with stakeholders throughout the second half of 2017 to understand the workforce planning and development needs in the region. This consultation process will ensure the final product delivers the most value for the region.
Urban renewal and revitalisation
Through the Queensland Government’s 10 year Housing Construction Jobs Program, $52 million is being invested over 5 years to 2021–22 for the delivery of 137 dwellings in the Townsville area.
The Housing Construction Jobs Program encourages partnerships with the private, non-for-profit, and public sectors to deliver jobs and drive economic growth at a local level, ensuring better social and affordable housing outcomes. It’s an opportunity to leverage investment to deliver more for Queensland and the local Townsville community. As part of the program, a recent Expression of Interest process called for development-ready sites from industry and targeted urban renewal through a range of developments to deliver additional social and affordable housing.
Port of Townsville — Port expansion
On 29 September 2017, the Queensland Government announced its approval of the State Environmental Impact Statement for the port expansion project and the Commonwealth Government approved the EIS on 5 February 2018.
The $1.64 billion port expansion is proposed to be delivered in stages as required by demand and would involve four key elements:
- Progressive channel capacity upgrade and widening — capital dredging to widen and deepen the existing Sea and Platypus Channels and an expanded harbour basin.
- Establishing a 152 hectare reclamation area.
- Construction of four kilometres of rock revetments and potentially a new 700 metre western breakwater.
- Construction of six new berths.
Stage one of the Port Expansion is the Channel Capacity Upgrade Project. In June 2017, the Queensland Government provided $75 million funding towards the project. The parties are currently exploring all financing and funding considerations.
Review and deliver preferred water supply solutions
Townsville City Council is now progressing a number of recommendations in the Townsville Water Security Taskforce Interim Report including the build of the Haughton to Ross River Dam pipeline duplication, and development of the Community Water Transition Package to help Townsville reduce water usage. The Queensland Government has committed $225 million to implement the findings of the Taskforce, which includes $215 million to build the duplicate pipeline and $10 million to deliver a Community Water Transition Package.