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Townsville residents are invited to have their say on proposed changes to the Townsville State Development Area (SDA) development scheme.

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Cameron Dick, said the updated development scheme will ensure the Townsville SDA supports development opportunities, economic growth and job creation for the greater Townsville region.

“A development scheme is like a local government planning scheme in that it guides and regulates development in a specified area,” he said.

“Through a development scheme for an SDA, the Coordinator-General can speed up approvals as a one stop shop and really drive industrial development in the area.

“A key advantage of an SDA is to promote economic development and growth near ports and major road and rail networks and co-locate industries to create infrastructure efficiencies.

“In December 2016, the Commonwealth Government, Queensland Government and Townsville City Council signed the Townsville City Deal (City Deal), a key commitment being to attract investment to, and facilitate development within, the Townsville SDA.”

In response to the City Deal, changing economic conditions, the progression of several major projects in Townsville and legislative changes, the independent Coordinator-General has undertaken a comprehensive review of the development scheme.

Following the review, a number of key changes are proposed to ensure the development scheme provides realistic development opportunities and supports economic growth and job creation for the greater Townsville region.

The changes result in a development scheme that is easier to use, provides clarity about the types of development expected in certain areas and promotes development assessment efficiencies.

Key changes include:

  • fewer precincts to reduce complexity and improve flexibility;
  • regulating more than just material change of use to promote development coordination and assessment efficiencies;
  • streamlining development assessment processes through the identification of development that will not need to undergo public consultation if it is consistent with the relevant precinct’s intent;
  • a new format and minor mapping changes to ensure consistency with updated constraints mapping.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill has welcomed the opportunity for the community to review the Coordinator-General’s proposed changes to the Townsville SDA development scheme to stimulate activity and enable the Townsville SDA to realise its potential.

“The Townsville region is recognised as the key economic and logistics centre in North Queensland – providing a gateway to national and global markets,” Cr Hill said.

“The Townsville SDA will be important in attracting major industrial developments of regional, state and national significance.”

The Townville SDA was declared in 2003 and is one of 10 SDAs established by the Coordinator-General to foster the development of large-scale, heavy industry and supporting infrastructure.

The revised draft development scheme is available online for public comment from 29 October until 10 December 2018.

All submissions received during the public consultation period will be considered by the Coordinator-General before finalising the development scheme and progressing to the Governor in Council for approval.

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For more information on the Townsville SDA Development Scheme click here.