Progress also continues to be made on a number of the Future Opportunities identified in the City Deal.

Townsville Workforce Development Plan

During 2018, the Queensland Government, through Jobs Queensland, continued to engage with local stakeholders to progress the development of the Townsville Workforce Development Plan, including:

  • Delivery of an employment forum in partnership with the Department of Jobs and Small Business and the Townsville Chamber of Commerce.
  • Hosting an industry breakfast to discuss labour market information and workforce planning issues now and into the future.
  • Delivery of the Anticipating Future Skills workshop, providing the region with research findings for three alternative future scenarios.

A regional workforce demand and supply analysis was developed to inform the project direction and phased delivery of the workforce development plan was confirmed with Townsville City Council. The first phase was the delivery of the Townsville Workforce Environmental Scan which focuses on six key industries: manufacturing; professional, scientific and technical services; health and social assistance; education and training; transport and logistics; and mining. Phase two is the delivery of the workforce development plan in June 2019.

Jobs Queensland also delivered the Townsville North Queensland Regional Tourism Workforce Plan, developed in collaboration with industry and reflecting the Queensland Tourism Workforce Plan 2018–20.

Urban renewal and revitalisation

In 2018, contracts were awarded for the commencement of 69 new social housing homes in the Townsville Region and construction commenced on 46 affordable housing dwellings in the Oonoonba Priority Development Area.

In addition, a further 18 new social housing dwellings and 22 affordable homes are intended for commencement over the next twelve months. The Queensland Government and Townsville City Council continue to collaborate on a range of planning and design matters to influence the forward pipeline of work and to improve understanding of the local need for affordable housing.

The Queensland Government will deliver the capital program under the Housing Construction Jobs Program (commencements to completions) and undertake investment planning to identify priorities and opportunities for 2018/19 and 2019/20 (including new supply of social housing under the Housing Construction Jobs Program, and opportunities for precinct renewal through revitalisation of existing social housing dwellings).

Review and deliver preferred water supply solutions

Townsville City Council is progressing a number of recommendations from the Townsville Water Security Taskforce’s Interim and Final Reports under its threepoint water security solution with $225 million of funding support from the Queensland Government. The Australian Government is undertaking the business case to progress Stage 2 of the Haughton pipeline. The three-point water security solution includes building the Haughton to Ross River Dam pipeline duplication by the end of 2019, the Water Smart Package to help Townsville reduce water usage, and the recycled water reuse scheme to provide recycled water to major irrigation and industrial customers in Townsville.