North Queensland Regional Plan

Get involved with the first ever North Queensland Regional Plan and help the Queensland Government plan our region's future.

As our region grows and develops, it is critical that North Queensland creates a strong vision supported by a regional plan. The North Queensland Regional Plan will provide the guide for future development and help shape our communities and regions.

We have started our first round of conversations with the communities in the Burdekin, Charters Towers, Hinchinbrook, Palm Island and Townsville from 21 May 2017 to 9 July 2017. We want you to tell us what makes our region unique, where you want it to be in 25 years and the direction we need to take to move our region towards that vision.

Separate to the regional plan, the Queensland Government recognises water security in the Townsville area is an issue. See our FAQs for more information.

A second round of community conversations will be held in August when you will have the chance to comment on the draft North Queensland Regional Plan.

The decisions we make today will shape the North Queensland of tomorrow.

Get involved in the conversation about planning our future. There's an event near you.


Get involved with the first ever North Queensland Regional Plan and help the Queensland Government plan our region's future.

As our region grows and develops, it is critical that North Queensland creates a strong vision supported by a regional plan. The North Queensland Regional Plan will provide the guide for future development and help shape our communities and regions.

We have started our first round of conversations with the communities in the Burdekin, Charters Towers, Hinchinbrook, Palm Island and Townsville from 21 May 2017 to 9 July 2017. We want you to tell us what makes our region unique, where you want it to be in 25 years and the direction we need to take to move our region towards that vision.

Separate to the regional plan, the Queensland Government recognises water security in the Townsville area is an issue. See our FAQs for more information.

A second round of community conversations will be held in August when you will have the chance to comment on the draft North Queensland Regional Plan.

The decisions we make today will shape the North Queensland of tomorrow.

Get involved in the conversation about planning our future. There's an event near you.


Help the Queensland Government plan our region's future by getting involved with the first ever North Queensland Regional Plan.  Ask us a question or leave a comment and we will get back to you.

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  • What is the government doing about monopolies like Ergon, who just keep putting up rate as and whenever they feel. Maybe the answer is to take power and water back totally under the government umbrella so that there are no shareholders to satisfy.

    Stuart asked 6 days ago

    Hi and thanks for your question and comment. Electricity costs are largely derived through the national energy market. The Queensland Government currently supports communities in the North Queensland region through subsidy payments to Ergon Energy to help reduce the impacts of costs associated with the generation, transmission and distribution on the national energy grid.  The regional plan will examine opportunities for North Queensland to capitalise on the emerging renewable energy market, including renewable energy generation and sustainable energy usage. 

    If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ


  • NQ has got a unique climate- Partly tropical and subtropical. This supports wide varieties of agriculture year round. planning for a sustainable farm production with a public-private partnership with better and accessible council land allocation and prop up from government could see more and more unemployed people coming into farming. Council would be able to draft a plan giving impetus to road infrastructure and irrigation including measures to access ground water and invitation to do the farming. Literally this unique climate could make this region a food bowl of whole Australia.

    shine chithra babu asked 10 days ago

    Hi and thanks for your contribution. A key focus of the NQ Regional Plan will be to support sustainable economic growth for North Queensland, including traditional economic sectors, such as agriculture, as well as the growth of emerging sectors such as renewables, health and knowledge and tourism. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ


  • Firstly spend more money north of the south east corner. Stop flapping your gums and do what you say your going to do without excusses. Secure water for the Townsille burdekin region. Help small bussiness more and make large companies pay more tax. Allow small bussiness more options and less regulation. Allow for small mobile food vending bussiness along public areas such as Townsvillle Strand. Allow activities along our warter front bike hire waterslides jet ski hire paddleboats and ideas of the sort. Give people somthing to do when they visit Townsville

    dino812 asked 9 days ago

    Hi and thanks for your contribution. The regional plan will look to expand opportunities for tourism throughout the region, including eco and adventure tourism, to capitalise on our unique regional lifestyle and environment. However, issues relating to taxation and business regulation are beyond the scope of the NQ Regional Plan, which will be a statutory land use plan. Water security is being investigated by a number of other initiatives within the region, including the intergovernmental taskforce – a key commitment of the Townsville City Deal. Further information regarding progress on this matter can be obtained from www.watersecuritytownsville.org.au  Depending on the timing for delivery they may be incorporated into the final regional plan.

    If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ 


  • When are we going to have a clear, secure plan for Townsville's water supply

    Sue asked 13 days ago

    Hi and thanks for your question. Water security is being investigated by a number of other initiatives within the region, including the intergovernmental taskforce – a key commitment of the Townsville City Deal. Further information regarding progress on this matter can be obtained from www.watersecuritytownsville.org.au  Depending on the timing for delivery they may be incorporated into the final regional plan. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ


  • What are we doing to make a positive and active contribution to World Oceans Day?

    Helena asked 16 days ago

    Hi and thanks for your question. The NQ Regional Plan is a statutory land use planning document. A key focus of the plan will be to ensure future growth in the region is sustainably managed and this includes long term impacts of water quality issues on the Great Barrier Reef. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at www.qld.gov.au/planNQ and keep an eye out for when we release the draft NQ regional plan later this year for public comment.


  • I notice that population statistics are dominant in opportunities and challenges in your handout brochure “North Queensland Regional Plan – Help plan our region’s future”. It would appear to me that the values being quoted are projections straight from Queensland Treasury (OESR). I would have thought this should be the other way around. After completing the plan, we should be able to inform OESR as to how we will grow. My observations are that population growth is dependent upon employment, and the growth of sustainable employment tends to relate to industries which must be done in our region i.e. primary industries and tourism etc.. Support and service industries such as retail commercial etc are only conducted in the region once these primary industries are established and they have a catchment for their enterprise. The plan is stated as being a 25-year document. Surely a success criteria of the plan would be to ensure that the creation of the leading primary industries is identified and that the growth of these opportunities is mapped as being one of steady growth to avoid the boom and bust that we have been subjected to historically. Support and service industries can then be better projected. It is obvious also that to lead sustainable industry that competitive power and water and other infrastructure need to be available. Many industries do not need to be undertaken in the region and will not be undertaken unless the cost of running their industry is competitive. Will these infrastructure needs be identified and mapped parallel to the identified sustainable and leading industries?

    Brian Bailey asked 17 days ago

    Hi and thanks for your comments and question. A key focus of the NQ Regional Plan will be to support sustainable economic growth for North Queensland, including traditional economic sectors as well as the growth of emerging sectors such as renewables, health and knowledge and tourism. The regional plan will not identify specific projects or infrastructure requirements. However, from a land use planning approach the regional plan will identity needs and priorities that are likely to require an infrastructure solution. The regional plan will inform future infrastructure investment decisions for the region through the government’s State Infrastructure Plan.  If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at www.qld.gov.au/planNQ and keep an eye out for when we release the draft NQ regional plan later this year for public comment.


  • The Victorian Government have reduced payroll tax to regional areas to assist employers to hire more people.Could this be considered in regional areas with double the unemployment % as Brisbane, Gold+ Sunshine Coast

    Michael kopittke asked 17 days ago

    Hi and thanks for your contribution. This matter is outside the scope of the regional plan, which is a statutory land use planning document. A key focus of the NQ Regional Plan will be to support sustainable economic growth for North Queensland, from a land use planning perspective. Although the regional plan will not identify specific projects or initiatives, it may address traditional economic sectors as well as the growth of emerging sectors such as renewables, health and knowledge and tourism. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at www.qld.gov.au/planNQ and keep an eye out for when we release the draft NQ regional plan later this year for public comment.


  • What is the plan for the provision of affordable and appropriate housing options for the over 55's?

    clancy_overflow asked 19 days ago

    Hi and thanks for your question. The regional plan will seek to encourage greater housing diversity and affordability across the region to meet the needs of our communities, including the elderly. If you haven’t already, please register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ  and keep an eye out for when we release the draft NQ regional plan later this year for public comment.


  • How has large scale recreation and sporting areas been identified and apportioned priority throughout North Queensland? Specifically infrastructure heavy items such as premium motor sport and horse racing facilities.

    Abloky asked 19 days ago

    Hi and thanks for your question. A key aspect of the regional plan will be to support and foster economic growth, including event tourism, within the region, however it won’t identify specific projects.If you haven’t already, please register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ  and keep an eye out for when we release the draft NQ regional plan later this year for public comment.


  • When are you going to allow more Power providers? The criminal power bills along with the over exorbitant rates are making us want to move down south

    D.webb asked 19 days ago

    Hi and thanks for your question. Electricity costs are largely derived through the national energy market. The Queensland Government currently supports communities in the North Queensland region through subsidy payments to Ergon Energy to help reduce the impacts of costs associated with the generation, transmission and distribution on the national energy grid.  The NQ Regional Plan is a statutory land use planning document – it will not address all issues within the region such as energy pricing. However, the regional plan will examine opportunities for North Queensland to capitalise on the emerging renewable energy market, including renewable energy generation and sustainable energy usage. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at www.qld.gov.au/planNQ and keep an eye out for when we release the draft NQ regional plan later this year for public comment.


  • Why are you re-opening Swankbank Power Station for the SEQ, but you won't allow a Coal Fired Power Station for NQ ? It's about the SEQ.

    Alan asked 19 days ago

    Hi and thanks for your question. The regional plan will likely examine opportunities for the region to capitalise on the emerging renewable energy market, including renewable energy generation and sustainable energy usagehowever, the regional plan will not identify specific infrastructure projects for North Queensland. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at www.qld.gov.au/planNQ and keep an eye out for when we release the draft NQ regional plan later this year for public comment.


  • Why doesn't regional Queensland have a bigger say in Parliament? I understand the idea of one vote one value but representation is definitely skewed towards the South east corner of the state.

    David asked 22 days ago

    Hi and thanks for your contribution. Regional planning can assist a region to express to all governments what they want to achieve from a future plan perspective (for the NQ region, this will be the next 25 years). If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ and keep an eye out for when we release the draft NQ regional plan later this year for public comment.


  • As the need for disability support grows there should be more and not less access and support in areas outside Townsville. This would provide more employment and allow family members who currently care for people with disability to also return to the workforce.

    Deanne Jorgenesen asked 20 days ago

    Thanks for your comment.  The regional plan is a statutory land use planning document - it will not address all regional issues, such as health care planning. However, the regional plan may address access to services through better transport planning outcomes and use of emerging digital technologies. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at www.qld.gov.au/planNQ and keep an eye out for when we release the draft NQ regional plan later this year for public comment.


  • I'm a long term resident of Townsville and want to continue to live here long term. However in order to maintain and grow our population and economy, we need urgent help with job creation, water security and crime prevention. These are critical issues in Townsville that need prompt and regular attention and should be at the top of every political agenda regarding Townsville. It really shouldn't have been left to this point and in hindsight was entirely predictable. There are lots of national priorities and competing views but there's no doubt that there's bipartisan support for ensuring water security. I know there are plans in progress but this needs to be fast tracked. A new dam is the long term answer and improved pumping from the Burdekin dam is the short term answer. How long will it take to complete the projects required? Can NAIF be used for this? We also need help with crime prevention. We are faced with daily reports of overnight crime. This needs to be stopped with improved policing, community engagement and more jobs. What are the plans for this and when will they be implemented? Finally on jobs, there's a great opportunity to entice Adani to Northern Australia. I understand there are environmentalists who object due to the potential for global warming but the coal will come from somewhere and at least ours in cleaner than the alternatives. This country was built on farming and mining and we still need it until we have a viable alternative. We need jobs and we don't have any other major alternatives at present to give us the long term boost we need. Once Adani are here and invested you can regulate them as much as you need but now we need to get them here. Will government support investment by Adani and other miners to help make this happen? If Adani don't invest what are the alternatives for significant job creation? Solar farms aren't long term job creators... The loan required for the rail link needed for coal shipping from the Galilee basin is prime infrastructure that NAIF was made for. Will this be done? We need regular updates on these 3 critical priorities for the reassurance of the local population to stop the outflow of our talent. Will this happen?

    KG asked 20 days ago

    Hi and thanks for your comments and questions.

    Water security is being investigated by a number of other initiatives within the region, including the intergovernmental taskforce – established under the Townsville City Deal. Further information regarding progress on this matter can be obtained from www.watersecuritytownsville.org.au.  Depending on the timing for delivery they may be incorporated into the final regional plan. 

    Although the Adani Carmichael mine isn’t in the North Queensland region, a key aspect of the regional plan will be to support and foster economic growth in the region, from a land use planning perspective. This will include protecting key traditional sectors including agriculture and mining while also supporting the growth in emerging sectors, including health and knowledge industries, renewable energy and tourism.

    Issues relating to policing and crime prevention sit outside the scope of the regional plan, as it is a land use planning document.

    If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at www.qld.gov.au/planNQ and keep an eye out for when we release the draft NQ regional plan later this year for public comment.


  • The information sheet I picked up at Eco-Fiesta yesterday mentions climate change (good) but says, “Rainfall [is] likely to be more variable year-to-year,” and misses the other aspect of our changing rainfall, i.e., the long term average is dropping. The rainfall trend maps on the Bureau of meteorology’s site show this very clearly. The whole East coast of the country has been steadily drying for the last forty or fifty years (except for NSW’s mid-North coast) and the area covered by the regional plan is affected more strongly than most: we have been losing 40 - 50 mm (or more) of annual rainfall per decade. The implications for farmers are fairly obvious: areas which are marginal for grazing now will gradually become impossible, areas which are good will become marginal. The implications for our cities relate to water demand and dams. I know you are already looking at Townsville’s water security but I don’t know whether you are factoring in the long term trend. (I do know that the ‘Regional Water Supply Security Assessment’ from the Department of Water and Energy Supply (2014) didn’t even look at climate change.) Climate change is already with us and responsible long-term planning must now take it into account.

    Malcolm Tattersall asked 20 days ago

    Hi and thanks for your contribution. The impacts of climate change will be a key and underlying consideration for the regional plan.  In addition to the impacts on water supply from less frequent rainfall events and long term trends, other considerations may include improving the regions built form through promotion of climate response design and ensuring the regions infrastructure networks are resilient to extreme weather events. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at www.qld.gov.au/planNQ and keep an eye out for when we release the draft NQ regional plan later this year for public comment.


  • As resident of Townsville since 1986 I have seen a lot of changes over the years. The citys population has incressed ten fold since then but the water reservoir size has in reality been decreased at great cost by reducing the size of the dam spillway.In recent years we have been on water restrictions continuously this issue is not going to be fixed with the berdiken pipeline bandaid so the sooner we use some of the gambeling revenue to recify the problem the better Now CRIME IS RIFE IN TOWNSVIĹLE there needs to be an equivalent amount of money used on policeing including infrastructure and bring down the response times not to mention reforms to juvenile law enforcement to stop the revolving door style of system with repeat offenders. In general revise the amount of general revenue being used in the sec and syphon the toll road money back into the repair of roads all around the state not on increasing the salery packages of the top 20% of the government payroll and dont get me started on health

    Danny Ellis asked 20 days ago

    Hi and thanks for your comments. Water security is being investigated by a number of other initiatives within the region, including the intergovernmental taskforce – established under the Townsville City Deal. Further information regarding progress on this matter can be obtained from www.watersecuritytownsville.org.au.  Depending on the timing for delivery they may be incorporated into the final regional plan.  The regional plan will look to identify and address transport issues across the region. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ


  • In recent years there has been a major drift of people from smaller regional towns to larger populated areas on the coast. There is now a drift of population from those larger provincial coastal centres to major southern populated areas. What employment opportunities, of a permanent nature, and not casualised employment, can be created in these locations i.e. regional Queensland, to properly sustain employment, cultural and economic growth, so as to nurture existing communities??

    Michael Collins asked 21 days ago

    Hi and thanks for your comment and question. The pattern of population drift towards Townsville from other areas with the region is projected to continue. A key aspect of the regional plan will be to maintain strong regional economies to allow our regional centres to attract people and remain self-sufficient. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ and keep an eye out for when we release the draft NQ regional plan later this year for public comment. 


  • Why is it that all the State Government seems to be doing is "looking" at what they can do? Surely the filing cabinets in the various departments must be bursting with proposals as to what to do. Are the Heads of Departments able to read, decipher, discuss and forward a proposal to the relevant Minister (Isn't this what the taxpayer expects them to do?). If they are not capable then get rid of them and employ qualified people who can. Townsville's water "solution" is a long way off because the final draft of the water taskforce is not due until September, 2018. This is a proposal, then a decision (fully costed of course) and then obtain funding from the Federal Government, select the right construction company, then build. I hope i live long enough to see it happen.

    David asked 22 days ago

    Hi and thanks for your contribution. Water security is being investigated by a number of other initiatives within the region, including the intergovernmental taskforce – established under the Townsville City Deal. Further information regarding progress on this matter can be obtained from www.watersecuritytownsville.org.au.  Depending on the timing for delivery they may be incorporated into the final regional plan.  If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ 


  • Will a light rail/public transport system for the northern suburbs be considered in planning.

    Gayle asked 22 days ago

    Hi and thanks for your question. The regional plan will look to identify and address transport issues across the region, including public transport. However, it will not identify specific infrastructure projects. If you haven’t already, please register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ and keep an eye out for when we release the draft NQ regional plan later this year for public comment.


  • How do extreme sports and adventure sports benefit from what is being proposed?

    Evan asked 22 days ago

    Hi and thanks for your question. The regional plan will look to expand opportunities for tourism throughout the region, including eco and adventure tourism, to capitalise on our unique regional lifestyle and environment. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ


  • Lets re-invent Townsville & its surrounding areas as a cultural centre. A destination of makers. Makers of music, art, craft, textiles, growers, foodies, craft beer, festivals, events & experiences. Collaboration is the key. The cultural tourism dollar must be underestimated.

    Sue Bright asked 23 days ago

    Hi and thanks for your comment. The regional plan will look to expand opportunities for tourism throughout the region to capitalise on our unique regional lifestyle, culture and environment. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ


  • How will the NQ Regional Plan promote indigenous cultures in the region?

    Wendy Bonfield asked 27 days ago

    Hi and thanks for your question. The North Queensland Regional Plan will seek to ensure indigenous cultural heritage, knowledge and connections to land are appropriately included, from a regional land use planning perspective, in the planning of communities and the management of natural resources. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ


  • What are you doing to resolve the water supply issues for Townsville? To have a regional city with the water supply restrictions it has, makes residents look like the laughing stock of Qld. All the while more and more residential development is being approved and taking place with no water supply security for the existing city businesses and residents. I am embarrassed to ask my relatives and friends to come for a visit as they continue to ask why the restrictions? And what is being done to resolve the issue.

    Muznrob asked 28 days ago

    Hi and thanks for your questions and comments. A key aspect of the regional plan will be to improve planning that is occurring in the region to cater for population changes, use of resources and to foster economic growth.  Water security is also being investigated by a number of other initiatives within the region and depending on their timing for delivery, may be incorporated into the final regional plan. Further information regarding progress on this matter can be obtained from www.watersecuritytownsville.org.au.  If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ.


  • Would like better internet access for rural areas? Tony scholes

    David asked 29 days ago

    Hi and thanks for your comment. The regional plan will seek to address infrastructure networks across the region, including communications infrastructure such as the internet. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ


  • What programs are being considered to engage with young people to increase their 'connection to country' and their cultural capacity? This is a way forward to help decrease incarceration and loss of cultural identity that many young Aboriginal and Torres Strait people suffer today, due to many factors including family breakdown, loss of elder connection and trivialising of Culture within the education system.

    Jacinta W asked 28 days ago

    Hi and thanks for your question and comments. While the regional plan is not able to address specific programs relating to health and education programs, the plan will seek to ensure indigenous cultural heritage knowledge and connections to land are included, from a regional land use planning perspective, in planning of communities and the management of natural resources. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ


  • There should be consideration of inter city rail transport between Ayr, Townsville, Imgham and Charters Towers,stopping at all suburbs to allow people to get around easily. Tammy (from previous registration)

    David asked 29 days ago

    Hi and thanks for your comments. The regional plan will look to identify and address transport issues across the region, including public transport. Your comments in this regard have been noted. If you haven’t already, please register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ and keep an eye out for when we release the draft NQ regional plan later this year for public comment.


  • How does it address rehabilitation of lands after 7 years of drought? How will it address the lack of services in rural areas such as health and welfare eg. Medicare and Centerlink centers, eye and hearing services, psycological services, drug and alcohol addiction? How do keep kids entertained for little cost?

    Annewantstoknow. asked 29 days ago

    Hi and thanks for your questions. The regional plan will seek to protect the regions biodiversity and landscape values through sustainable land use planning, from a regional perspective, therefore it will not identify specific sites or land rehabilitation requirements.  The regional plan will seek to address connections between regional communities and access to key services. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ


  • Will the plan look at the region's energy security? NQ is very heavily reliant on SE Qld power transmitted through the electricity grid. Cyclones can easily bring down the power lines connecting the area to the source of power in the south. Locally based generation ie. Hydro on the Burdekin Dam, Storage attached to Solar Farms, Solar and Storage for government buildings, would help alleviate this issue.

    goonma asked about 1 month ago

    Hi and thanks for your question and comment. The regional plan will examine opportunities for North Queensland to capitalise on the emerging renewable energy market, including renewable energy generation and sustainable energy usage. Promoting infrastructure resilience to extreme weather events and the impacts of climate change is likely to be a focus of the regional plan.  If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ


  • Will water security for Townsville, the largest city in Australia north of Brisbane, be a priority in this plan? The current infrastructure was planned and built decades ago for a smaller population than currently lives in the city.

    goonma asked about 1 month ago

    Hi and thanks for your question. A key aspect of the regional plan will be to improve planning that is occurring in the region to cater for population changes, use of resources and to foster economic growth.  Water security is also being investigated by a number of other initiatives within the region and depending on their timing for delivery, may be incorporated into the final regional plan. Further information regarding progress on this matter can be obtained from www.watersecuritytownsville.org.au  If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ.


  • My question is, how long will it still take for Townsville to have a permanent solution to it's water security problem? The City has waited far too long now for the issue to be solved, and, the city is in dire need of this problem being sorted. We are just a couple of hours south of the wettest place in the country (Tully/Innisfail) and an hour north of one of the richest water tables in the country. We are approximately an hour to an hour and a half drive from the Burdekin Dam which is a body of water close to 5 times the size of Sydney Harbour. As Capital of Nth Qld it is not acceptable that the city lacks water security. New developments are being approved and industry is looking to expand in this area of regional Qld. None of this will be sustainable if water security problems are not solved. When that problem IS solved, the sky will be the limit to how rapidly the Tropical North can expand and this will then have a flow on effect to the rest of the region.

    ShellyK asked about 1 month ago

    Hi and thanks for your question. A key aspect of the regional plan will be to improve planning that is occurring in the region to cater for population changes, use of resources and to foster economic growth.  Water security is also being investigated by a number of other initiatives within the region and depending on their timing for delivery, may be incorporated into the final regional plan. Further information regarding progress on this matter can be obtained from www.watersecuritytownsville.org.au  If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ


  • Preamble - Sunny Townsville has always had the potential to truly shine. It is the first Australian city to be awarded the Smart Cities City Deal. Question Will full funding for best-practice WATER SECURITY be guaranteed in the upcoming state government budget? WATER FOR TOWNSVILLE ACTION GROUP.

    Linda Ashton asked about 1 month ago

    Hi and thanks for your comment and question. Water security is being investigated by a number of other initiatives within the region, including the intergovernmental taskforce – a key commitment of the Townsville City Deal. Further information regarding progress on this matter can be obtained from www.watersecuritytownsville.org.au.  Depending on the timing for delivery they may be incorporated into the final regional plan. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ


  • Preamble - Sunny Townsville has always had the potential to truly shine. It is the first Australian city to be awarded the Smart Cities City Deal. Question 1. Will the City Deal intergovernmental process ensure that adequate funding is allocated in the 2017 state and local budgets for world class WATER SECURITY for Townsville still lacking despite decades of strategic planning, never-ending policies (eg. Qld Green Space Strategy 2011-2020) and promises to deliver? https://qorf.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Queensland_Greenspace_Strategy2011.pdf WATER FOR TOWNSVILLE ACTION GROUP. Question 2. Will full funding for best-practice WATER SECURITY be guaranteed in the upcoming state government budget? WATER FOR TOWNSVILLE ACTION GROUP.

    Cate Hooper asked about 1 month ago

    Hi and thanks for your comment and question. Water security is being investigated by a number of other initiatives within the region, including the intergovernmental taskforce – a key commitment of the Townsville City Deal. Further information regarding progress on this matter can be obtained from www.watersecuritytownsville.org.au.  Depending on the timing for delivery they may be incorporated into the final regional plan. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ


  • Townsville must have a secure water supply. There is abundant water in the Burdekin Dam but there needs to be a cost effective way of getting that water to Townsville at all times. This is the single most important thing needed to ensure growth and prosperity for the whole Townsville area. This must take precedence over all other plans.

    Judi asked about 1 month ago

    Hi and thanks for your comment and question. Water security is being investigated by a number of other initiatives within the region, including the intergovernmental taskforce – a key commitment of the Townsville City Deal. . Further information regarding progress on this matter can be obtained from www.watersecuritytownsville.org.au.  Depending on the timing for delivery they may be incorporated into the final regional plan. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ

  • Preamble - Sunny Townsville has always had the potential to truly shine. It is the first Australian city to be awarded the Smart Cities City Deal. Question Will the City Deal intergovernmental process ensure that adequate funding is allocated in the 2017 state and local budgets for world class WATER SECURITY for Townsville still lacking despite decades of strategic planning, never-ending policies (eg. Qld Green Space Strategy 2011-2020) and promises to deliver? WATER FOR TOWNSVILLE ACTION GROUP.

    Linda Ashton asked about 1 month ago

    Hi and thanks for your comment and question. Water security is being investigated by a number of other initiatives within the region, including the intergovernmental taskforce – a key commitment of the Townsville City Deal. Further information regarding progress on this matter can be obtained from www.watersecuritytownsville.org.au.  Depending on the timing for delivery they may be incorporated into the final regional plan. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ


  • I have become unemployed (as have many landscapers ) due to the lack of guaranteed water supply in Townsville (commercial Landscape Project Supervisor ) . I am asking ( for myself as well as a member of the water for Townsville action group) when and if the government is finally going to fulfil all the promises made by various previous govts. to rectify this problem, preferably in this budget.

    Stephen Nicholson asked about 1 month ago

    Hi and thanks for your comments. A key aspect of the regional plan will be to improve planning that is occurring in the region to cater for population changes, use of resources and to foster economic growth.  Water security is also being investigated by a number of other initiatives within the region and depending on their timing for delivery, may be incorporated into the final regional plan. Further information regarding progress on this matter can be obtained from www.watersecuritytownsville.org.au.  If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ


  • can you please post the dates these of these public conversation some where they can be found. Seems plenty is mentioned about the region talks but no venues or dates.

    Dean Nixon-Harding asked 29 days ago

    Hi and thankyou for your comments.  Upcoming event dates are listed on the right hand side of the North Queensland Regional Plan website.  For the complete list, you can access them by following this link:  https://haveyoursay.dilgp.qld.gov.au/north-queensland/key_dates


  • what is happening to supplying north Queensland with affordable base load power to accomodate the growth in renewables which are not always reliable. Current base load power is too expensive as it has to be distributed from the Gladstone area and is too expensive for industry.

    mark Wilson asked about 1 month ago

    Hi and thanks for your question and comment. The Queensland Government currently supports communities in the North Queensland region through subsidy payments to Ergon Energy. This subsidy is to help reduce the impacts of the generation, transmission and distribution costs which are primarily part of the national energy market. 

    The regional plan provides an opportunity for North Queensland to capitalise on the emerging renewable energy market, including renewable energy generation and sustainable energy usage.  If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ


  • Why are you going ahead with Adani when the rest of the world is turning away from coal?

    Gabrielle asked about 1 month ago

    Hi and thanks for your question. Although the proposed Adani Carmichael mine isn’t in the North Queensland region, a key aspect of the regional plan will be to support and foster economic growth in the region (including in the resource industries), however it won’t examine or identify specific projects. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ


  • Why are there no campsites in the Magnetic Island National Park? Even world heritage Hinchinbrook Island has campsites. The provision of campsites would add an attraction for visitors and locals to use the area. Kayaking could be promoted around the island which would add another attraction. Eco adventure trips could be run on the Russel River near Hidden Valley if access and permits were able to be obtained. A boardwalk around Kissing Point above the high water mark would be amazing and would attract walkers, tourists, fishermen and rock climbers if dedicated anchor points were installed as there are in Brisbane. For a fairly small investment we could get a huge return on attracting visitors.

    Mark j asked about 1 month ago

    Hi and thanks for your question and comments. The regional plan will look to expand opportunities for tourism throughout the region, including eco and adventure tourism, to capitalise on our unique regional lifestyle and environment. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ

  • Will the North Queensland Plan take account of the Qld Plan and attempt to align with it?

    jrcole0 asked about 1 month ago

    Hi and thanks for your comment. Yes, the North Queensland Regional Plan will seek to align with the Qld Plan from a regional land use planning perspective. If you haven’t already, please register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ and keep an eye out for when we release the draft NQ regional plan later this year for public comment.


  • When will the next stages of the Burdekin Dam be constructed? Water supply to Townsville is the biggest restriction on further growth in Townsville. We watched a huge amount of water flow down the Burdekin and out to sea while Townsville still has major water restrictions. The next stages would allow gravity feed of water and hydroelectricity to our northern capital. Home Hill and Ayr are fantastic towns in which to raise children away from the problems associated with larger cities. There is great community spirit and pride, wonderful climate and fishing for retirees Housing is quite cheap at the moment and fishing is great. What is being done to promote this to both retirees and migrant families?

    Lou Jezard asked about 1 month ago

    Hi and thanks for your comments. Water security is being investigated by a number of other initiatives within the region and depending on their timing for delivery, may be incorporated into the final regional plan. The regional plan will look to identity and promote the unique lifestyle opportunities within the region and plan for growth, including new residents. If you haven’t already, please register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ and keep an eye out for when we release the draft NQ regional plan later this year for public comment.


  • Hello, I am part of a working group striving towards performing arts eduction and performance facilities in Townsville what is the best way for us to put forward a submission for consideration in the regional plan? Many thanks

    pj75 asked about 1 month ago

    Hi and thanks for your comments. You can find out more about the submission process here:  https://haveyoursay.dilgp.qld.gov.au/north-queensland/faqs  

    If you haven’t already, please register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ and keep an eye out for when we release the draft NQ regional plan later this year for public comment.


  • Look int to www.smtrail.com It is a light maglev options, that is easy to build, can freight up to 10t & moves freight & commuters over 300km/hr. We could link Cairns to Rockhampton, getting goods to market faster................ Also, west of Bowen there is a Geothermal deposit. Geothermal plants are 30% cheaper to operate & are clean.

    Jason78 asked about 1 month ago

    Hi and thanks for your question. The regional plan may identify and promote key relationships and linkages to regions adjoining North Queensland as well as seek to support and enhance the region’s transport and freight networks. Unfortunately the Bowen area is not located within the North Queensland region, which includes the Burdekin, Charters Towers, Hinchinbrook Palm Island and Townsville local government areas. The Bowen areas is located within the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsundays regional planning area.

    If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ and keep an eye out for when we release the draft NQ regional plan later this year for public comment.


  • Recognising that all of Magnetic Island is within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, how might the Regional Plan help protect the World Heritage values outside the National Park?

    anthonyomswim@gmail.com asked about 1 month ago

    Hi and thanks for your question. The Regional Plan may control certain land uses at key locations across the region to ensure the potential for any resultant environmental impacts on the Great Barrier Reef are minimised. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ and keep an eye out for when we release the draft NQ regional plan later this year for public comment.


  • New stage on dam - hydro scheme. Maintenance of green corridors by council

    Del Bunning asked about 1 month ago

    Thanks for sharing your comment, Del. If you haven’t already, please register for project updates at www.qld.gov.au/planNQand keep an eye out for when we release the draft NQ regional plan later this year for public comment.


  • I am out of town whilst you are in the Burdekin. However, please keep me posted

    Pierina Dalle Cort asked about 1 month ago

    Hi and thanks for your question. The NQ Regional Plan team will be back in the Burdekin to engage three more times in the next two months – the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships on 3 June, Plantation Park Markets on 18 June, and the Burdekin Show on 28 June. We hope to see you at one of these events. For a complete list of events, check: https://haveyoursay.dilgp.qld.gov.au/north-queensland/key_dates

    If you haven’t already, please register for project updates at www.qld.gov.au/planNQand keep an eye out for when we release the draft NQ regional plan later this year for public comment.



  • There needs to be more options for people riding bikes and walking around communities. Kids should be able to safely ride to school.

    Carole asked about 1 month ago

    Thanks for your valuable comment – keeping people safe while they use active transport is an important feature of future communities.If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at: www.qld.gov.au/planNQ



  • In 25 years - more water, better planning in Townsville for new subdivisions and how water will be sustained? Waste of money for stadium. Jobs while under construction, but what happens after that?

    Kerry Parke asked about 1 month ago

    The regional plan will seek to improve planning that is occurring in the region to cater for population changes, use of resources and leveraging benefits for the region from committed projects such as the North Queensland Stadium. Water security is also being investigated by a number of other initiatives within the region and depending on their timing for delivery, may be incorporated into the final regional plan.

    If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ


  • What is special about my area? Great for fishing and natural areas. Developing more leisure areas along the Burdekin River for campers instead of locking up access by waterboard would be good. A warm heated pool with disability dressing rooms would be just great for many disabled and elderly in this area. Some out of the box thinking for promoting tourism as well as cooperation between cane farmers and transport systems would be good. For example, a cane train ride for the public, including a fund raising restaurant cane train ride in the off season. Some bush walking areas and canoeing in the area would be good as well as a covered walk for people to walk during wet days please.

    Yellowbell asked about 1 month ago

    Hi and thanks for your comments. The regional plan will be looking at environmental and tourism issues to future proof the region. If you haven’t already, please register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ and keep an eye out for when we release the draft NQ regional plan later this year for public comment.


  • Fast transport between regional areas in the north (electric train) would bring the towns closer together as a community. Fast transport between Ayr and Townsvilld would be great for families who wish to live in a small town and work in a city. It would be a great development for the Burdekin region. Community health and education would also benefit greatly as a result of good public transport.

    Yellowbell asked about 1 month ago

    Hi and thanks for your comments. The regional plan will look to identify and address transport issues across the region, including public transport. Your comments in this regard have been noted. If you haven’t already, please register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ and keep an eye out for when we release the draft NQ regional plan later this year for public comment.


  • Townsville needs a new independent Greyhound track. It will bring money to the area, provide local jobs, and supports an industry that returns money to the state economy.

    Christine asked about 1 month ago

    Hi and thanks for your comment Christine. A key aspect of the regional plan will be to support and foster economic growth within the region, however it won’t identify specific projects. If you haven’t already, please register for project updates at  www.qld.gov.au/planNQ and keep an eye out for when we release the draft NQ regional plan later this year for public comment.