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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

  • 238,813 people

  • 96,857 dwellings

  • 110,867 Jobs

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