Blueprint for North Queensland growth
The draft North Queensland Regional Plan has been released for public input.
Planning Minister Cameron Dick said the plan would ensure the region grew in a sustainable way as more people gravitated to the tropical beauty of North Queensland.
“North Queensland is experiencing a strong period of growth resulting in changing demographics and economic and employment patterns, which will require more local jobs, homes, schools and services to be delivered,” Mr Dick said.
“By 2041 it is expected that an additional 90,000 people will call North Queensland home, necessitating 50,000 new dwellings to be built and more than 35,000 new jobs.
“The draft regional plan provides the blueprint to manage this growth sustainably and ensure North Queensland is a place people want to live, work and visit now and into the future.
“Importantly, the draft plan aims to secure more land for industrial purposes, which will underwrite new and emerging industries to support and create more jobs in sectors such as defence, manufacturing and healthcare.”
Mr Dick said a North Queensland Economic Development Workshop would be held next week to identify and prioritise key economic opportunities for the region.
The draft North Queensland Regional Plan includes the council areas of Burdekin, Charters Towers, Hinchinbrook, Palm Island and Townsville.
Residents can have their say on the draft regional plan at events planned across the region or by visiting the online engagement hub until 22 November 2019. Find out more at qld.gov.au/PlanNQ
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