THE Australian and Queensland governments, together with Townsville City Council, have announced the release of the Implementation Plan for the Townsville City Deal, which identifies how commitments will be delivered over the next five years.
The Townsville City Deal was signed on 9 December 2016 and includes a focus on improving the lives of Townsville residents through job creation, economic growth, investment in local infrastructure, a revitalised urban centre, and a more vibrant and liveable city.
Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, Angus Taylor, said the concept behind the City Deal is that it's a full package of initiatives and investments that bring together all three levels of government and the private sector.
"All of the commitments in this roadmap are geared towards growing the economy of Townsville and strengthening Townsville as a prosperous and lifestyle-rich city," Mr Taylor said.
"Following the agreement of the City Deal in December, our next goal has been to map out exactly what each government will do and when."
The Implementation Plan includes milestones such as:
- North Queensland Stadium – Managing contractor to be announced in the second quarter of 2017;
- Townsville Water Security Taskforce – Delivery of interim report by the second quarter of 2017;
- Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre – Refinement of feasibility study by the third quarter of 2017;
- Channel Capacity Upgrade - Business case completed by the second quarter of 2017; and
- Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor (TEARC) - Completion of business case by the end of 2017.
A report on the progress against key milestones will be released each year. The first will be released before the end of 2017.
More information is available from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website at <https://cities.dpmc.gov.au/townsville-city-deal>.