North Rail Yards site plans sought

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

RE­DE­VEL­OP­MENT of the North Rail Yards is pro­gress­ing with short-listed com­pa­nies be­ing in­vited to sub­mit plans through a ten­der process.

Townsville City Coun­cil Deputy Mayor Les Walker said he was ex­cited to dis­cover what pro­pos­als would be put for­ward to trans­form the site.

“We want in­no­va­tive and unique ideas put for­ward be­cause we want to get the best out­come on that site,” he said.

“The North Rail Yards have huge po­ten­tial so we are en­cour­ag­ing the short-listed com­pa­nies to be bold and imag­i­na­tive with their plans.”

Cr Walker said there had been sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­est in re­de­vel­op­ing the site since the coun­cil put out the call for a pro­ject part­ner last Novem­ber.

Who they are and the num­ber of short-listed com­pa­nies was not re­vealed by the coun­cil. Cr Walker said he was pleased by the swift progress of the North Rail Yards’ re­de­vel­op­ment.

“The North Rail Yards are a key CBD site that has sat va­cant for decades and it’s fan­tas­tic there has been so much in­ter­est from the busi­ness com­mu­nity to trans­form the site,” he said. “I’m hop­ing there are some re­ally in­ter­est­ing and in­no­va­tive pro­pos­als put for­ward to make the most of such a unique site within our city.”

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