PDA poised to take city into a bold fu­ture

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

THE State Govern­ment will to­day un­veil its pro­posed de­vel­op­ment scheme for the Ross Creek pri­or­ity de­vel­op­ment area.

As we re­veal ex­clu­sively to­day, the 97ha Townsville City Wa­ter­front Pri­or­ity De­vel­op­ment Area in­cludes the pro­posed sta­dium, con­ven­tion cen­tre, arts precinct and re­de­vel­op­ment of the North Yards rail­way sheds, all part of a vi­sion de­signed to see 30,000 peo­ple liv­ing in the CBD within 15 years.

Any­one who has vis­ited the south­ern cap­i­tals would have an idea about what is pro­posed: a flow­ing wa­ter­front precinct en­com­pass­ing re­tail, pub­lic trans­port, en­ter­tain­ment, res­i­den­tial and din­ing precincts sim­i­lar to Mel­bourne’s South­bank, Bris­bane’s South Bank and even Syd­ney’s Dar­ling Har­bour.

As Deputy Premier Jackie Trad says, the plan is de­signed to turn Townsville into a world- class des­ti­na­tion.

The creation of the pri­or­ity de­vel­op­ment area and the re­lease of the Govern­ment’s vi­sion for the precinct will give prop­erty de­vel­op­ers a strong in­cen­tive to get mov­ing on plans to in­vest in this new area of growth.

By re­duc­ing the red tape as­so­ci­ated with de­vel­op­ment, de­vel­op­ers can avoid what can be months of de­lays as projects grind their way through the nor­mal de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions pro­cesses.

All of this trans­lates to new cap­i­tal flush­ing into the city, and with it much­needed jobs and busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Any­one who has watched Townsville grow from an in­dus­trial town into the re­gional cen­tre it is to­day should be ex­cited about plans to make it a cos­mopoli­tan, mod­ern city to­mor­row. Cow­boys rise on mo­men­tum THE Cow­boys just keep get­ting bet­ter.

Satur­day night’s win over the favoured Drag­ons was im­por­tant, not only be­cause it was their sev­enth away win for the year, but be­cause they showed their south­ern crit­ics that there is plenty of depth in the line- up, even with­out their Ori­gin stars.

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