As we head into 2019 I couldn’t be prouder of what Townsville City Council has achieved for our city.
I firmly believe this will be a defining year for Townsville. Major milestones for infrastructure projects, community events and city activation will be met in the next 12 months.
We can already celebrate some big wins with the completion of the CBD Utilities Upgrade. The $55 million upgrade of essential infrastructure was completed six months ahead of schedule and under budget, creating 315 local jobs.
Townsville will continue to be thrust into the spotlight this year when we host the inaugural North Australian Festival of Arts (NAFA). NAFA is a key commitment my Council made to the people of Townsville to host an annual Arts and Culture festival that will continue to solidify our city as a world class events destination and the capital of Northern Australia. With a month-long lineup featuring cabaret acts in the Spiegeltent, Strand Ephemera, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in locations across the region and an array of local and national talent featured throughout. The city will be abuzz over the festival thanks to the accompanying Northern Fringe festival with acts and entertainment scattered throughout the community.
This year we will celebrate the completion of the Haughton Pipeline Duplication Project. Council’s 3-point water security solution includes the new 1.8-metre diameter pipeline, a recycled water reuse scheme for public open spaces and industrial use and the Water Smart Package. A vital component of our water security for our region is our $10 million Water Smart Package. Residents are encouraged to register their interest via Council’s website before March to receive vouchers or rebates for water-efficient products and services of up to $500 for pensioners and low-income families. The Queensland Government has invested $225 million in funding for water security in Townsville.
Council recently invited shortlisted companies to submit plans through the tender process for the North Rail Yards redevelopment, a crucial project in the Townsville 2020 vision. With the Waterfront Priority Development Area providing a framework for investment in the CBD we can ensure that private enterprise and investment can align with Council’s 2020 masterplan for our city.
We have also recently started community consultation on the Mount Louisa Open Space masterplan. By reaching out to the community, we will be able to determine what residents would like to see created within this area, and unlock the potential of this wonderful natural asset.
Townsville has the opportunity to flourish in 2019, and Council continues to lay the ground work for future development by delivering on our promises and operating simpler, faster and better.