De­vel­op­ers flock to hear about PDA Sta­dium plan sparks sell­out

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - TONY RAGGATT

IT will be stand­ing room only at an event in Townsville to­mor­row for the de­vel­op­ment in­dus­try to hear about the Townsville City Coun­cil’s Townsville Wa­ter­front Pri­or­ity De­vel­op­ment Area.

The meet­ing, hosted by the Townsville branch of the Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment In­sti­tute of Aus­tralia at Ry­dges South­bank, is sold out.

The in­sti­tute’s Townsville branch pres­i­dent, An­drew Wal­lace, said in­dus­try was keen to hear about the de­vel­op­ment scheme. Mr Wal­lace said it was a cat­alytic pro­ject for Townsville.

“The Townsville Wa­ter­front Pri­or­ity De­vel­op­ment Area is a cat­alytic pro­ject for Townsville and could be the pre­cur­sor to a mul­ti­tude of de­vel­op­ment and com­mu­ni­ty­build­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Mr Wal­lace said. “The pro­posed In­te­grated Sta­dium and En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre would be cen­tral to the PDA and has the po­ten­tial to en­cour­age in­vest­ment, jobs and new de­vel­op­ment in the city.”

Mr Wal­lace said the in­dus­try was look­ing to the coun­cil and State Gov­ern­ment to re­move bar­ri­ers to de­vel­op­ment.

“To en­sure the PDA is ef­fec­tive, the role of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Queens­land and Townsville City Coun­cil in car­ry­ing out the nec­es­sary plan­ning and pre- de­vel­op­ment works, such as en­gi­neer­ing and land­hold­ing con­straints, is very im­por­tant,” Mr Wal­lace said.

“We look for­ward to this pro­ject’s po­ten­tial to have a sim­i­lar im­pact and place in the com­mu­nity’s heart as The Strand and be­com­ing a city icon of which we can all be proud.”

Mayor Jenny Hill said coun­cil of­fi­cers would out­line the aims of the draft de­vel­op­ment scheme and were look­ing for feed­back from the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing the de­vel­op­ment in­dus­try, dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod.

“It’s about get­ting the mes­sage out there and ex­plain­ing the con­cept to peo­ple,” Cr Hill said.

“We will be ask­ing peo­ple if they think the con­cept is right and, if not, where it can be im­proved.”

Cr Hill said she had met with State De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter An­thony Lyn­ham last week and had dis­cussed some in­no­va­tive ways the In­te­grated Sta­dium and En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre pro­ject could be funded.

The pri­or­ity de­vel­op­ment area cov­ers 97ha of land and wa­ter on both sides of Ross Creek.

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