Council land may lure big industry
TOWNSVILLE CITY Council- owned land at Woodstock could become a “major industry” area after the organisation agreed to start a formal rezoning process.
The planning recommendation will place a focus on community consultation as well as conducting impact studies.
It comes after the council identified a parcel of land on the Lansdown holding as the preferred site for the proposed 15GWH battery manufacturing plant, which is backed by a consortium led by Boston Energy and Innovation.
Mayor Jenny Hill said the site would go through a rigorous assessment involving community consultation and background investigations.
“The next step is to engage with the community and conduct all of the necessary studies on potential impacts as part of the formal rezoning process,” she said.
“While the council had the foresight to purchase the Lansdown station 15 years ago as a future land bank for new industry and economic development, we still need to make sure we engage with the community about changes in their area.
“To facilitate investment and jobs in major industry like the proposed battery plant, we need to have suitable land available and ready to go.
“We want to send a very strong message to the company behind the battery plant proposal and other potential investors that we mean business.
“Lansdown station has been identified as suitable to fill a critical need in Townsville for land close to transport links and away from the built- up area where we can locate major industry.”
The land is part of the 2200ha former CSIRO Lansdown research station, which the council acquired in 2002 to provide for future industry.