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Townsville city deal

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.

Key achievements under the City Deal have included:

  • Completion of the North Queensland Stadium, with roof trusses hoisted into place, seating installed for 25,000 fans, and the all-important hallowed turf being grown and mown for the 2020 NRL season.
  • Finalisation of a business case assessment for Stage 2 of the Haughton Pipeline and confirmation of full funding for construction to deliver a continuous water supply pipeline, in conjunction with Stage 1, from the Burdekin River to the Ross River Dam.
  • Commencement of work on the Port of Townsville Channel Upgrade project, with the first truckloads of rock delivered of at least 600,000 tonnes required to build a seawall for land reclamation.
  • Opening of the Townsville City Bus Hub, coinciding with the introduction of a new network-wide bus timetable to encourage more people to use public transport and travel to the CBD.

2019 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.

The 2019 year began on a challenging note, with an unprecedented monsoonal event over North Queensland resulting in the biggest floods experience by Townsville on record. Thousands of properties and critical infrastructure sustained damage.

Despite these challenges, Australia's first City Deal continued to deliver transformative outcomes for Townsville in 2019 - building industry and workforce development opportunities, better connecting people and places, and activating industry and export growth.

A number of the City Deal's commitments were completed throughout 2019. These results highlight the benefits of a genuine collaboration between the three levels of government and local community, and the significant outcomes that can be delivered through this approach.


  • 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
  • Third Annual Progress Report
    February 2020
  • End of 15 years of Townsville City Deal