Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Australia's first City Deal continues to deliver for Townsville

Media Release

AT048/2019

04 April 2019

Joint release with:

The Hon Jackie Trad

Deputy Premier
Treasurer
Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships

CR Jenny Hill

Mayor of the City of Townsville

The Townsville City Deal continues to transform Townsville, attract investment and support local job creation, according to the second annual progress report on the Deal released today.

Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said progress over the past 12 months on Australia’s first City Deal showed what could be achieved when all levels of government worked together.

Minister Tudge said the Townsville City Deal was more important today than ever before as it bolstered local industry in its recovery from the recent catastrophic flooding.

“We understand the Townsville economy still faces challenges—especially after the devastating effects of the floods —but the second year of the Townsville City Deal shows we are heading in the right direction and are delivering real projects that generate jobs and support the economy.”

Queensland Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad said the City Deal had helped to identify and prioritise transformative projects and create more jobs in Townsville. 

“The City Deal has secured full funding for the Port of Townsville Channel Capacity Upgrade—a $193 million project that will ensure the port can accommodate the large cargo and passenger ships of the future,” Deputy Premier Trad said.

“The channel widening project will create 120 full time jobs over six years, support 245 ongoing jobs throughout Queensland and generate more than $380 million in economic benefits over the next 40 years.”

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill joined Minister Tudge and Deputy Premier Trad in acknowledging the success of the City Deal, particularly its focus on improving water security.

“The City Deal has enabled us to make decisive progress on water security for Townsville through fully-funded projects that are already creating jobs for local residents and will provide the confidence that industry needs to do business in Townsville,” Cr Hill said.

The Townsville City Deal—signed in 2016—is a 15-year agreement to transform the city’s economy and central business district, and the Australian Government, Queensland Government and Townsville City Council will continue to work together to deliver the commitments in the Deal.

The Annual Progress Report is available at: citydeals.infrastructure.gov.au/townsville