The MITEZ Region consists of the seven Local Government Areas (LGAs) – Townsville, Charters Towers, Flinders, Richmond, McKinlay, Cloncurry and Mount Isa. The region extends from the Great Barrier Reef, over the Great Dividing Range, through the serene historical outback to the Queensland-Northern Territory border, covering a total land area of 271,732 square kilometres.
The MITEZ region hosted a resident population of just under 230,00 persons with an average age of 35.9 years in 2016. Over the past five years, population growth has averaged 0.7% per annum, with growth concentrated in the Townsville Local Government Area (LGA).
The Townsville LGA is the major population centre for the region with 83.6% of residents, followed by Mount Isa (8.4%), and Charters Towers (5.3%).
The LGAs of Townsville, Mount Isa, and Richmond possess younger average ages than the State of Queensland (38.2 years).
Source: QGSO (2017), ABS (2017)
The MITEZ region extends 920 kilometres inland from its most eastern point on the Great Barrier Reef, across North Queensland over the Great Dividing Range and across the outback of North West Queensland to the Northern Territory border. In total, the region covers approximately 16% of Queensland’s land area.
The MITEZ region is home to approximately 230,000 local residents. Strategically located, the region acts as a vital integrated transport corridor; connecting the region and its extensive mineral and agricultural production to the rest of Queensland, Australia and internationally via road, rail, air and sea links.
Over the past 10 years, the region’s resource-rich economy has diversified into new sectors while maintaining its established industry strengths. The region accounted for around 5% of Queensland’s economic output over 2015-16.
MITEZ is committed to continuing the diversification of new industries, alongside the expansion of new markets and the promotion of existing investment opportunities.
This commitment will help to accelerate the growth of the region and ensure its continued prosperity well into the future.
Over 2015-16 the MITEZ region generated Gross Regional Product (GRP) totalling $15.4 billion (approximately 5% of the Queensland economy). Over 2015-16 the region recorded growth of approximately 1.0%.
Over the past five years, GRP growth has averaged 1.4% per annum compared to 2.5% per annum for Queensland as a whole.
The major industry sectors in the MITEZ region include:
- Public administration and safety (11.7% of Industry Value Added (IVA, i.e. contribution to GRP)).
- Construction (11.3% of IVA).
- Mining (11.1% of IVA).
The MITEZ Region enjoys a warm, sunny climate with moderate seasonal changes in climatic conditions. The climate is very dry for eight months of the year with average temperatures in the mid to high 20s Celsius. The region experiences on average 320 days of sunshine each year with more than eight hours of sunshine each day, making conditions favourable to an outdoor lifestyle.