Townsville; widely regarded as the capital of North Queensland is the largest city in North Australia with the local government area covering 3,736 square kilometres. Located about halfway between the tip of Cape York and Brisbane Townsville is one of the fastest growing cities in the state of Queensland in terms of population with an estimated resident population of 189,238 as of 30 June 2013.
The Townsville region encompasses a major urban coastal area, a restricted rural area, mountain ranges, a major offshore island (Magnetic Island) and a number of smaller islands and rock shoals including Herald and Rattlesnake Islands.
Townsville has capitalised on its low level terrain and relatively low tropical rainfall to provide an efficient access route and service centre for North Queensland. Townsville provides the northern link for state and federal governments, as well as for private enterprise in primary and secondary industries, mining, commerce, retail and community and cultural services.
Townsville’s economy has displayed a strong and stable performance over the past decade. Factors contributing to this are strong population growth, significant new public sector investment, the growing role of Townsville as a public and private sector regional service centre and the city’s diversified economy with strengths in mining services, mineral processing, international tropical marine research, defence, education and tourism.
Together, Queensland Rail and the Port of Townsville provide a transport hub for the region’s mining and agricultural industries, as well as for locally-based Glencore Copper Refinery, Sun Metals Zinc Refinery, Queensland Nickel and the Queensland Sugar Corporation Distribution Centre.
A major service centre and the main centre for government administration outside Brisbane Townsville also boasts a number of research institutions such as James Cook University, the Australian Institute of Marine Science, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and the CSIRO. The cities large Australian Defence Force community, due to army and airforce bases, also influence the local economy.
Townsville City Council
PO Box 1268, Townsville QLD 4810
P 1300 878 001 W www.townsville.qld.gov.au