North Queensland regional plan
North Queensland (NQ) gained its first regional plan in March 2020. The plan provides a 25-year framework to guide growth and support future jobs in the region.
Region at a glance
The region includes the local government areas of:
- Burdekin Shire Council
- Charters Towers Regional Council
- Hinchinbrook Shire Council
- Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council
- Townsville City Council.
The North Queensland Regional Plan focuses on:
- expanding health and knowledge industries in and around the Townsville CBD and James Cook University, with potential for a future rapid transport link
- supporting expanded land-based aquaculture developments to supply domestic and international markets
- defence industries and future economic opportunities linked with the Australian-Singapore Military Training Initiative
- supporting the development of agriculture-based energy production, diversifying agriculture and secondary cropping for bioenergy and biopharmaceutical opportunities
- greater opportunities for tourism development on Palm Island and in conservation areas
- opportunities for agricultural expansion in upper catchments (balanced with protection of the Great Barrier Reef)
- nominating opportunities for new renewable energy developments along key corridors and in proximity to major energy users
- better addressing the resilience of the regional economy to climate change
- strengthen policy outcomes to support the consolidation of residential development to the Townsville Urban Area .
The Queensland Government developed the regional plan in close collaboration with local councils, traditional owners, state agencies, industry and the community.
Last updated: Wednesday, Jul 14, 2021