GRAND $ 1.9b CBD VI­SION

PDA will be ‘ once in a gen­er­a­tion’ bo­nanza

Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - AN­THONY GAL­LOWAY an­thony. gal­loway@ news. com. au

UP TO $ 1.9 bil­lion in new de­vel­op­ments will be built on Ross Creek, in­clud­ing bars, restau­rants, shops and apart­ments. Deputy Premier Jackie Trad will be in Townsville to­day to un­veil the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment scheme for the 97ha Townsville City Wa­ter­front Pri­or­ity De­vel­op­ment Area, a key plank in Townsville City Coun­cil’s plan to have 30,000 peo­ple liv­ing and work­ing in the CBD by 2030.

UP TO $ 1.9 bil­lion in new de­vel­op­ments will be built on both sides of Ross Creek, in­clud­ing bars, restau­rants, re­tail stores, apart­ments and pedes­trian walk­ways.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad will visit the city to­day to un­veil the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment scheme for the 97ha Townsville City Wa­ter­front Pri­or­ity De­vel­op­ment Area, a key plank in Townsville City Coun­cil’s plan to have 30,000 peo­ple liv­ing and work­ing in the CBD by 2030.

The pri­or­ity de­vel­op­ment area – which en­cour­ages in­vest­ment by pro­vid­ing a on­estop shop for ap­provals – will also in­clude the pro­posed sta­dium, con­ven­tion cen­tre, arts precinct and re­de­vel­op­ment of the North Yards rail­way sheds.

The plan also links Ross Creek to the Strand with walk­ways and pedes­trian bridges.

The area will be bro­ken up into seven precincts, in­clud­ing a city wa­ter­front gate­way, a wa­ter­side liv­ing precinct for res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment, the sta­dium and con­ven­tion cen­tre site and short- term ac­com­mo­da­tion around the ex­ist­ing ferry ter­mi­nal.

“This is a plan to trans­form Townsville into a world- class des­ti­na­tion that will at­tract sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment to the city, cre­ate jobs and boost the econ­omy,” Ms Trad said.

“The eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of Townsville is not only im­por­tant for the city it­self, but for re­gional com­mu­ni­ties sur­round­ing it. The project is a good ex­am­ple of the ben­e­fits of hav­ing a stream­lined plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment frame­work in place.”

Min­is­ter As­sist­ing the Premier on North Queens­land Co­ralee O’Rourke said the La­bor Govern­ment’s $ 100 mil­lion com­mit­ment for the new sta­dium would be a ma­jor draw­card for other in­vest­ment in the area.

“This is a strong ex­am­ple of our com­mit­ment to see­ing Townsville reach its full po­ten­tial as an eco­nomic pow­er­house in the North,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

The State Govern­ment, Townsville City Coun­cil and Port of Townsville – the ma­jor landown­ers in the pri­or­ity de­vel­op­ment area – will form an own­er­ship en­tity to be­gin re­leas­ing land for de­vel­op­ment.

The area con­tains 48ha of de­vel­opable land with a re­de­vel­op­ment po­ten­tial of more than $ 1.9 bil­lion.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the city now had the plan for a “once- in- a- gen­er­a­tion project” that would take Townsville to a new level in life­style and in­vest­ment.

Cr Hill urged res­i­dents to have their say dur­ing the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod, which is open un­til Au­gust 18, with a fly- through vir­tual tour of the area avail­able on­line and a “dis­cov­ery box” at the base of Vic­to­ria Bridge.

“The Wa­ter­front vi­sion will pro­vide a 15 to 20- year plan to trans­form the in­ner- city area along Ross Creek into a world­class at­trac­tion,” Cr Hill said.

Port of Townsville chief ex­ec­u­tive Ra­nee Crosby said the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment scheme had a strong fo­cus on bring­ing peo­ple back to the wa­ter­front by build­ing precincts linked by land and wa­ter con­nec­tions.

The pri­or­ity de­vel­op­ment area was de­clared on Septem­ber 5, 2014, and is a joint project be­tween the Queens­land Govern­ment’s com­mer­cialised busi­ness unit Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Queens­land, Townsville City Coun­cil and the Port of Townsville.

It is ex­pected that the fi­nal plan for the area will be re­leased in Novem­ber.

NEW FRON­TIER: Artist im­pres­sions show­ing bar and restau­rant de­vel­op­ments with a new wharf on Ross Creek and ( be­low) board­walks con­nect­ing the Pri­or­ity De­vel­op­ment Area to The Strand.

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