The Queensland Budget will directly support Townsville with significant expenditure in 2021-22 including:
$913M for Infrastructure
for productivity-enhancing infrastructure and capital works, estimated to support around
3,200 jobs in this region.
$1.1B for Health
in Townsville Hospital and Health Services.
$37.3M for Education
to maintain, improve and upgrade schools in Townsville.
Townsville will also benefit from:
$500M for Inland Freight Route, Charters Towers to Mungindi, funding commitment
towards an inland highway by upgrading existing roads and bridges from the NSW border to Charters Towers via Roma. Delivered in partnership with the Australian Government.
$195M for Haughton Pipeline Stage 2
including $85 million in 2021-22, to construct a water pipeline from the Burdekin River near Tom Fenwick Pump Station, connecting with earlier stages of the Haughton Pipeline.
$43.1M estimated for Recovery and Resilience against natural disasters
for the provision of financial assistance for capital works to disaster affected communities in 2021-22.
Restoring frontline services in Townsville
Growth from March 2015 to March 2021
249 extra nurses up 11.7%
182 extra doctors up 30.4%
19 extra firefighters up 12.7%
46 extra ambulance officers up 18.0%
Delivering for the Townsville region
Back to Work
$36.1 million paid to 1,467 employers in Townsville to help employ 3,526 eligible unemployed jobseekers.
(July 2016 to May 2021)
Works for Queensland
$35.7 million provided to regional councils in Townsville to undertake 59 minor infrastructure and maintenance projects.
(June 2019 to June 2021)
First Home Owners’ Grant
1,693 grants paid to home buyers worth $29.8 million to help them buy their first home in Townsville.
(July 2015 to April 2021)
Jobs and Regional Growth Fund
$1.5 billion capital expenditure supported and 289 new full-time jobs generated in Townsville.
(February 2017 to May 2021)
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Investing in Townsville’s economic recovery
To support Townsville’s ongoing economic recovery, the Queensland Government is providing $21.4 million in the North Queensland region across 30 projects to support around 293 jobs.
This regional funding forms part of the $80 million investment in 2021-22 in the $200 million COVID Works for Queensland program, which is supporting local governments to undertake job-creating new infrastructure, maintenance and minor works projects. The program is also bringing forward planned and budgeted maintenance or capital works that are focused on essential services, economic development and community wellbeing outcomes.
From the available $200 million investment, $150 million has been allocated across regional councils outside of South East Queensland. In the Townsville region, five local councils to receive program funding include Townsville City Council, Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council, Charters Towers Regional Council, and Hinchinbrook and Burdekin Shire Councils.
Townsville projects set to benefit from the investment include the construction of an aerator at the Ross River Dam, an upgrade of the water main at Cleveland Bay, and the replacement of water pipes across a number of Townsville suburbs.
The Oasis Townsville
The Oasis Townsville is a purpose-built hub in Townsville that will support veterans and defence families through the experience of transition to civilian life. The Oasis Townsville will focus on the needs of veterans, Australian Defence Force (ADF) families and the ex-ADF community in Townsville, offering support for illness and disability, helping to find secure employment, and financial literacy skills.
A Queensland Government election commitment of $1 million over 4 years to The Oasis Townsville will contribute to the operating costs of the new facility including the employment of staff and will support the free use of the facilities for organisations and associations of the ADF community. In 2021-22, $150,000 out of the $1 million total spend will provide support services to veterans and their families, with the $9.3 million centre opening in June 2021.
Tax relief package
The government provided significant tax relief to support Queensland businesses, landlords, tenants, pubs and clubs, including:
- payroll tax refunds, waivers and deferrals for eligible businesses, targeted at small to medium businesses
- a payroll tax exemption for wages subsidised by the JobKeeper payment
- land tax rebates, waivers and deferrals for eligible taxpayers.
An estimated 300 employers in Townsville will also benefit in 2021-22 from the higher payroll tax threshold.
$2 billion Queensland Renewable
Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund
The $2 billion Queensland Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund will provide cheaper, cleaner energy to power more jobs and industries in Queensland, while helping to deliver on our 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030.
The Fund will increase investment by government-owned corporations in commercial renewable energy and hydrogen projects, along with supporting infrastructure, including in partnership with the private sector.
Forming part of the new $3.34 billion Queensland Jobs Fund, this investment will ensure Queensland capitalises on economic development opportunities and creates more jobs and industries through cheaper, cleaner energy.