The Australian and Queensland Governments have announced various measures over recent days to support businesses and families at this difficult and challenging time.
We recommend visiting and regularly monitoring the Australian Government which has become a central portal for updates, health, community and business support information relating to COVID-19. From this site you can also link to Queensland Government which also has useful information.
Local Governments will also be providing regular updates.
Click here for a list of local governments in our region.
National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements
NQ Pathfinder Action Plan
The NQ Region Pathfinder Project has brought together the knowledge and experience of local leaders and stakeholders to develop a plan, which capitalises on the region’s strengths, for the North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (NQ-ROC) through its Regional Economic Development Sub-committee (RED-ROC). This project is based on the partnership between The Regional Australia Institute and Queensland Government Department of State Development and Department of Education and Training, Townsville City Council, Charters Towers Regional Council, Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council, Burdekin Shire Council, Hinchinbrook Shire Council, Townsville Enterprise Ltd and Regional Development Australia Townsville and North West Queensland.
The action plan focusses economic resources on six priority areas which are:
- Tourism growth
- Asia gateway expansion
- Human resources growth
- More entrepreneurs
- Lifting workforce skills
- Value add for agriculture
NQ2031 North Queensland Economic Development Plan 2014-2031
Adopted on 21 March 2014, NQ2031 is an initiative of the Regional Economic Development sub-committee of the North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (RED-ROC). This highlevel committee was instigated to foster a greater level of regional unity and collaboration to drive economic development in North Queensland between the City of Townsville, Charters Towers Regional Council, Burdekin Shire Council, Hinchinbrook Shire Council and Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council.
The Strategic Regional Goals guiding the implementation of the NQ2031 vision are:
- Infrastructure to drive population and economic growth
- Innovation and developing new industries
- Ensuring a strong and unified regional profile to maximise investment
- Building the capabilities of our people in terms of skills and employment
- Maintaining our great North Queensland lifestyle
MITEZ 50-Year Freight Infrastructure Plan / Final Report / May 2012
The RDA Townsville and North West Queensland Committee has been a partner with MITEZ and several other regional stakeholders, with the support of Infrastructure Australia, to develop the MITEZ 50-Year Freight Infrastructure Plan Final Report.
RDA contributed funds and was an active member of the Working Group to develop the Plan. The Plan addresses the growth forecasts of freight in the region and the challenges facing the Mount Isa to Townsville supply chain and the region it supports. The goal is to increase productivity and attract investment into infrastructure to ensure well-managed, sustainable growth can occur.
The North West Regional Plan 2010-2031
Released by former Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, Stirling Hinchliffe in Mount Isa on 10 August 2010, the plan is the Queensland Government’s long-term strategy for shaping the region over the 20-year period to 2031. The plan will help create a diverse local economy, protect the region’s lifestyle and environment, inform the delivery of educational and training opportunities and support healthy and safe communities.
The plan applies to five local government areas:
- Cloncurry Shire Council
- Flinders Shire Council
- McKinlay Shire Council
- Mount Isa City Council
- Richmond Shire Council
Townsville Futures Plan
The Townsville Futures Plan outlines a range of recommendations to determine the way forward for Townsville in a manner which will deliver significant benefits for the region into the future. Two members of the RDA Townsville and North West Queensland Committee were members of the task force responsible for preparation of the plan.
RDA Media Releases
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Tec-NQ 8 December 2015
National Stronger Regions Fund 7 December 20115
Tennant Creek to Mount Isa Gas Pipeline 17 November 2015
Win for Rural and Remote Communities – 26 June 2015
RDA Chair welcomes commitment to Northern Australia – 19 June 2015
Region Punches Above its Weight in National Stronger Regions Fund – 13 May 2015
New RDA Committee Members to support region’s development – 19 March 2015
RDA Chair and Deputy Chair Announcements – 28 January 2015
National Stronger Regions Funding – Townsville Information Session – 10 October 2014
Regional Roads Forum – 28 August 2014
Development without Borders
Regional Roads Forum – 4 December 2013
RDA welcomes $8.9 million to visionary project to kick start our Digital Economy
RDA welcomes $3 million to Smart Algae Project in Ayr
RDA welcomes $500,000 to Burdekin PCYC Project
RDAF Round Three Successful Projects
RDA welcomes announcement of short-listed applicants for RDA Funding
RDA meets in Mount Isa
RDAF Rounds 3 and 4 Workshops
RDAF Rounds 3 and 4
Inspiring Tropical Australia Breakfast Forum – July 2012
RDA NWQ Announce New Chairman and Committee Members
RDAF Round 2