The Charters Towers Regional Council Local Government Area covers a total area of 68,571.2 square kilometres with the majority of the population and economy centred in the historic gold mining city of Charters Towers.
Boasting significant agriculture and resources activity the Charters Towers Local Government Area recorded an estimated resident population of 12,491 persons as at 30 June 2013.
A 90-minute drive south west of Townsville on the Flinders Highway the city of Charters Towers is easily accessible to travellers from Townsville and Mount Isa and also provides access to Greenvale in the north and Clermont to the south along the sealed Gregory Developmental Road.
Beef production is a major economic activity in the region with the mining, tourism and education and research industries also prominent.
Opportunities for future growth in the Charters Towers region encompass a meat processing facility to value add to the abundant agricultural commodity, irrigated agriculture; with an abundance of water and arable land available and renewable energy projects such as the Solar Utility and Data Centre Project which sees Council proactively seeking to use innovation in the area of renewable energy and knowledge/digital economy for the purpose of developing a solar utility capable of power generation for new industrial and commercial projects.
Other opportunities are expected as a result of increased interest in the area of food and fodder production along the upper Burdekin River as well the potential for a large-scale sugar and ethanol project.
Charters Towers Regional Council
PO Box 189, Charters Towers QLD 4820
P (07) 4761 5300 W www.charterstowers.qld.gov.au