Townsville City Deal

Haughton Pipeline Stage 2


The Townsville City Deal is a 15 year commitment between the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia (the Commonwealth) the Government of the State of Queensland (the Queensland Government) and the Townsville City Council to a collective program of planning, reform and investment for Townsville. The commitments made under the City Deal are consistent with the Memorandum of Understanding between the Commonwealth and the State of Queensland to establish and implement City Deals, which was agreed on 10 November 2016.

The Townsville City Deal was signed on 9 December 2016.  It outlines a series of commitments that all three tiers of government will work together to deliver, as well as a series of future opportunities for further collaboration, to deliver a transformational impact for Townsville.

2018 Annual Progress Report

The Townsville City Deal is a 15-year commitment that aims to support a prosperous economic future for Townsville. It will position Townsville as a vibrant, liveable and innovative city in Northern Australia.

After just two years, Australia’s first City Deal has already delivered transformative outcomes for Townsville, giving people more reasons to visit and do business in the city.

Key achievements under the City Deal in 2018 have included:

  • Launch of the Townsville Smart City Plan – Smart Townsville.
  • Commencement of construction on Stage 1 of the Haughton Pipeline, delivery of the Final Report of the Townsville Water Security Taskforce, and funding secured for Stage 2 of the Haughton Pipeline subject to the outcomes of a business case assessment.
  • Funding confirmed for the Port of Townsville Channel Capacity Upgrade, giving construction of the $193 million project the green light.
  • Establishment of the Townsville Industrial Development Board and acceleration of the State Development Area to explore opportunities for new industrial development.
  • Funding confirmed for the preservation of the Townsville Eastern Access Railway Corridor.


The 2018 Annual Progress Report provides further details on these achievements and progress of all 16 commitments under the City Deal throughout 2018. It can be read in conjunction with the first Annual Report to provide a complete picture of progress since the signing of the City Deal.

The Report highlights the benefits of a genuine collaboration between the three levels of government and the local community, and the significant outcomes that can be delivered through this approach.

On a sombre note, 2019 began with a large monsoonal weather system over North Queensland, which resulted in the biggest floods experienced by Townsville on record. Thousands of properties and critical infrastructure sustained damage. The North Queensland and statewide impact has been significant, and economic recovery will take time and require a dedicated coordinated effort. The continuing delivery of the Townsville City Deal will have a vital role in supporting Townsville’s local enterprise and industry to get back on track as soon as possible.


  • Announcement of Townsville City Deal
    13 June 2016
  • Signing of Memorandum of Understanding for City Deals in Queensland
    Within six months
  • Signing of Townsville City Deal
    9 December 2016
  • Implementation Plan
    April 2017
  • First Annual Progress Report
    March 2018
  • Second Annual Progress Report
    April 2019
  • Formal Review of the Townsville City Deal
    End 2019
  • End of 15 years of Townsville City Deal