Jun 11, 2019

Call for project partners for new NQ industrial precinct

Call for project partners for new NQ industrial precinct

Tenders have been released for Townsville’s Lansdown Industrial Precinct, west of the city at Woodstock, to attract new job-creating industries.

Townsville City Council has already set aside land in the 1500ha precinct for
the DriveIT NQ project and the proposed Imperium3 lithium-ion battery plant.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the call for project partners was a major milestone in developing a precinct to attract new industries such as advanced manufacturing.

“One of the key projects that is looking to be based at the Lansdown Industrial Precinct is the lithium-ion battery plant, which will charge the city’s economy for decades to come,” Cr Hill said.

“The battery plant will create thousands of direct and indirect jobs and position the city as a national leader in advanced manufacturing.”

The tender process will give preference to proposals that are in line with the council’s objectives for the Industrial Precinct including:

  • Best-practice, low-emission, energy-efficient ecologically sensitive industrial development;
  • Innovative and dynamic enterprises that support the creation of new job opportunities for Townsville residents;
  • Co-location of industrial uses, such as advanced manufacturing, processing and technology, with supporting and complementary enterprises that grow the domestic and international profile of Townsville; and
  • Minimising adverse amenity impacts upon lands outside the precinct.

Cr Hill said the decision to market the area followed increasing interest in the industrial precinct.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill.

“The precinct has 1500 hectares of land available to support development and jobs into the future, and with projects such as the battery plant progressing, it’s a good time to test the market,” she said.

“By calling tenders we will be undertaking an open and transparent process for interested parties to come forward with proposals for the area.

“Council purchased Lansdown almost 20 years ago for future industry and we have a great opportunity to fulfil the area’s potential to attract new projects and jobs.”

The council is well advanced in the process to rezone the land, with a planning scheme amendment being reviewed by the Queensland Government.

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