When I grad­u­ate from JCU this year, I’ll move else­where. I was born here and Mum and Dad live here. But it’s far too quiet in Townsville for me and there’s not enough ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DOMANII CAMERON domanii. cameron@ news. com. au

THEY’RE bored, rest­less and are want­ing to desert Townsville for “greener pas­tures” in the south­east cor­ner.

For many of the re­gion’s mil­len­ni­als, a lack of youthori­en­tated ex­pe­ri­ences is be­com­ing a sig­nif­i­cant is­sue.

A re­port un­der­taken by Pure Projects re­vealed that in or­der for Townsville to re­po­si­tion it­self as a na­tional des­ti­na­tion, this de­mo­graphic was piv­otal to cre­at­ing change.

The Trans­for­ma­tion of Townsville doc­u­ment, which was the most com­pre­hen­sive plan un­der­taken on Townsville in 40 years, found that mil­len­ni­als were dis­en­chanted with the re­gion.

Those born be­tween the late 1980s and early 2000s said there weren’t enough things to do and that one day they would move to Bris­bane or the Gold Coast.

Com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion for the Townsville City Coun­cil- com­mis­sioned re­port re­vealed a con­sis­tent theme of bore­dom.

“I won’t be here in 10 years, will be on the Gold Coast or Bris­bane,” one re­spon­dent said.

“There are nicer places down south, with plenty more things to do than here, day and night.”

It comes as data from the Cen­sus re­leased this week re­vealed Townsville’s me­dian age was 34 – four years younger than the na­tional av­er­age.

It also showed that Townsville’s largest de­mo­graphic was the 20- 24 age group with 15,741 liv­ing in Townsville.

St Pa­trick’s Col­lege school cap­tain Ri­ley Mil­ton was born in Townsville but the 17- yearold wants to one day move south.

“I would love to see a lot more hap­pen­ing with young adult gen­er­a­tions in town,” she said.

“Groovin the Moo is re­ally pop­u­lar among peo­ple my age so I think more mu­sic- based ac­tiv­i­ties good.”

While Ri­ley di­vides most of her time be­tween school stud­ies and her part- time job, she said the com­mon feel­ing among teenagers her age was that Townsville needed more.

“I’m go­ing to study a Bach­e­lor of Law at James Cook Univer­sity and af­ter my de­gree would be re­ally I think I want to go down to Bris­bane,” he said.

“I like the big city vibe and there’s al­ways things go­ing on like con­certs and a lot of mar­kets.

“But I do think Townsville is a great place to raise a fam­ily and it caters to a lot of younger gen­er­a­tions, which is great.”

Town plan­ner Rach Hud- son, 21, moved to Townsville from the Bur­dekin to com­plete her de­gree at JCU.

Ms Hudson, a town plan­ner, said she had read the re­port and thought it was “re­ally cool”.

“I think ( with) the cur­rent Pri­or­ity Devel­op­ment Area at the mo­ment – those types of projects are re­ally ex­cit­ing to see,” she said. “If some­thing like that ( devel­op­ment) was to come to us in Townsville, it would be re­ally good.”

Ms Hudson said as a trop­i­cal city, the ideas were end­less.

“Townsville is nice. We’ve got the best of both worlds in the fact that my home town is only an hour away and Mag­netic Is­land is just 25 min­utes away,” she said. “The Strand is right there too, ev­ery­thing you want is right there.

“It does get a bit bor­ing but be­ing in my pro­fes­sion it’s pretty ex­cit­ing be­cause I think there is a lot of devel­op­ment com­ing to Townsville that will re­vi­talise it.”

Ms Hudson said con­nec­tiv­ity to the sub­urbs in Townsville was an is­sue.

Pic­ture: FIONA HARD­ING

ITCHY FEET: St Pa­trick's Col­lege stu­dent Ri­ley Mil­ton is plan­ning to study at JCU be­fore mov­ing south, which is typ­i­cal for many Townsville res­i­dents of her age, a Pure Projects re­port found.

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