Coun­cil yet to name spe­cial com­mit­tee

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DOMANII CAMERON

A DE­VEL­OP­MENT cor­po­ra­tion ap­proved by Townsville City Coun­cil in June is still to be fi­nalised, with two in­de­pen­dent di­rec­tors to be named.

The de­vel­op­ment cor­po­ra­tion, one of Mayor Jenny Hill’s elec­tion com­mit­ments in 2016, was set up to boost eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity in the city.

Cr Hill said fi­nal­i­sa­tion of the group was near­ing com­ple­tion, with the two in­de­pen­dent di­rec­tors to be re­vealed by the end of next month.

“Once es­tab­lished, the cor­po­ra­tion will be primed to start un­lock­ing the best de­vel­op­ment op­tions for coun­cilowned land within the Pri­or­ity De­vel­op­ment Area and other strate­gic ar­eas,” she said.

It comes af­ter the Pure Projects master­plan tabled at the coun­cil’s June meet­ing de­tailed ideas to re­ju­ve­nate the CBD and some of the city’s outer sub­urbs such as Rowes Bay. A Crys­tal La­goon, park­lands and a con­cert hall were among some of the op­tions.

Two in­de­pen­dent di­rec­tors with “strong com­mu­nity and busi­ness back­grounds” will be part of the board that in­cludes Cr Hill, the coun­cil’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Adele Young, chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer Matt Thom­son and di­rec­tor of plan­ning Eber Butron.

“All board mem­bers have a strong in­ter­est in en­sur­ing that the de­vel­op­ment of Townsville is done in the best in­ter­est of the com­mu­nity,” Cr Hill said.

“Strate­gic” sites would be trans­ferred to the de­vel­op­ment cor­po­ra­tion, which would then ne­go­ti­ate their de­vel­op­ment. Any de­ci­sions would be based on busi­ness cases and have to be ap­proved by the board and the coun­cil.

The cor­po­ra­tion is be­ing es­tab­lished un­der pro­vi­sions for coun­cils to form ben­e­fi­cial enterprises un­der the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act 2009.

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