Health and Knowledge Development Strategy



The Queensland Government and Townsville City Council will work with key stakeholders to deliver development that supports the health and knowledge sectors of the Townsville economy. The project will focus upon strategic smart precincts across the city, including the key anchors of the CBD and James Cook University’s Douglas Campus. These key locations will be supported by digital connectivity, smart technology, public transport and housing choice, and will capitalise upon opportunities offered by the North Queensland Stadium and a potential sports science facility, new private hospitals, and health tourism. This project will investigate opportunities to co-locate health and knowledge employment hubs with residential accommodation and public transport routes in key locations across the city.


Led by the Queensland Government in cooperation with Townsville City Council, James Cook University, Central Queensland University, Townsville and Mater Hospitals, and other key stakeholders.

Progress to Date

Following establishment of an initial steering group, it was agreed to undertake a strategic economic analysis to ensure that the Townsville Health and Knowledge Development Strategy is informed by the full spectrum of health and knowledge opportunities across Townsville.

A draft economic analysis was completed in December 2018.

Next Steps

The Queensland Government will undertake targeted consultation on the draft economic analysis with key stakeholders in Q1 2019.