Townsville State Development Area Planning

We are undertaking planning and business case development for improved freight access between the Port of Townsville and the Townsville State Development Area.

Declared in 2003, the 4,915-hectare Townsville State Development Area is a defined area of land dedicated for industrial development. The area supports economic development and job creation in a way that manages environmental, cultural and social issues as well as considering existing industry and surrounding infrastructure within the region.

The Townsville State Development Area Planning project will consider how heavy vehicles, including road trains, can access industry within the area via strategically located service roads connecting with the Townsville Port Access Road and Flinders Highway. This will improve access for industry, without impacting the Bruce Highway, improving road safety and freight efficiency.

Benefits

  • Increases capacity
  • Improves safety
  • Better road access
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Contributes to economy
  • Contributes to regional growth
  • Reduces maintenance

Key features

  • Consultation with surrounding industry and landholders will help us to understand potential options and suitable locations for new service roads within the Townsville State Development Area.
  • The new service roads connecting with the Townsville Port Access Road and Flinders Highway will enable heavy vehicles, including Type 2 road trains, to access industry within the Townsville State Development Area without impacting on safety and efficiency on the Bruce Highway.

Funding

This project is funded by the Queensland Government through the Transport System Planning Program.

Total investment
$1.25 million
Queensland Government
$1.25 million

Current status

The project is currently in the options development and evaluation phase, with the business case to be completed by mid-2021.

We are currently undertaking stakeholder engagement with surrounding and impacted landholders to assist in the options development and evaluation phase.