Funding plans revealed under Townsville City Deal
Funding for the projects has been allocated from the Commonwealth’s $195 million commitment to the Haughton Pipeline Stage 2, which is now being delivered by the Queensland Government and Townsville City Council outside the Townsville City Deal.
Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said $2 million would fully fund a detailed business case for a concert hall, to help guide further funding for the project.
A further $12 million would be allocated to enabling infrastructure to support the Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct – matching the Queensland State Government’s commitment.
And $2 million would fund a feasibility study into the supply of re-used water for the growing green hydrogen industry in Townsville, he said.
Of the $124 million in Commonwealth funding that remains to be reallocated, $100 million is expected to be committed to the concert hall, subject to the outcomes of the business case being satisfactory to all parties.
Mr Thompson said the three projects would create hundreds of jobs and help drive investment to the city.
“The concert hall is a visionary project which would fill a gap that has existed for the arts sector in Townsville for far too long,” he said.
“The performing arts has been neglected in this city for many years and this is about building a facility that will attract thousands of artists and visitors to our city, while also boosting the economy during construction.
“This initial funding is for the business case do determine the where, what and how much. The intention is, if it all stacks up, to fund the majority, if not the whole project, with the remaining City Deal funding.”
Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts Paul Fletcher said today’s announcement highlighted the Morrison Government’s continued commitment to delivering critical infrastructure for Townsville.
“This commitment ensures that our original $195 million contribution to the Haughton Pipeline Stage 2 will remain in Townsville and will now support three important new projects,” he said.
“These new projects add to the $55 million announced in July for Reef HQ ($40 million) and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) ($15 million).”
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