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Townsville City Deal – an Australian first

For the first time in Australia, there will be a city-level shared vision for Townsville.


The Australian Government, Queensland Government and Townsville City Council have signed Australia’s first City Deal for Townsville on 9 December 2016.

The City Deal is a 15 year commitment between the three levels of government to work together to deliver transformative outcomes for Townsville and its residents. The Deal was developed in collaboration with the Townsville community and private sector. City Deals are an initiative of the Federal Governments Smart Cities Program.

The Townsville City Deal will focus on improving the lives of Townsville residents through job creation, economic growth, investment in local infrastructure, a revitalised urban centre, and a more vibrant and liveable city.

The Townsville City Deal is providing a new approach for all levels of government to work together to plan and deliver transformative outcomes for Townsville and its residents. For the first time in Australia, there will be a city-level shared vision for Townsville.

About City Deals

City Deals are a new approach in Australia, bringing together the three levels of government, the community and private enterprise to create place-based partnerships. “We work to align the planning, investment and governance necessary to accelerate growth and job creation, stimulate urban renewal and drive economic reforms. City Deals will help to secure the future prosperity and liveability of our cities” states the City Deals plan.

The Australian Government has identified six focus themes or areas for action under City Deals, such as Innovation & Digital Opportunities, Infrastructure and Investment and Livability & Sustainability.

Depending on the city’s priorities, a City Deal might include investment, planning, policy and regulatory changes in relation to all or some of these focus areas. Click on the focus areas below for more information.

About the Smart Cities Plan

The Smart Cities Plan was released in April 2016 by the Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, and the Assistant Minister for Cities, the Hon Angus Taylor MP. The Smart Cities Plan sets out the Commonwealth’s vision for Australia’s cities, and its plan for maximising their potential through smart investment, smart policy and smart technology.
City Deals are the key mechanism identified in the Smart Cities Plan to develop collective plans for economic growth and commit to actions, investment, reforms and governance needed to implement them.

Read the full report: Townsvilles City Deal.

More information about City Deals.

For further information about Smart Cities Program.