A re-elected Labor government will commit $12 million to improve truck access at the Lansdown Industrial Precinct, south of Townsville.
Treasurer Cameron Dick said the precinct would play a key role in creating jobs to boost North Queensland’s economy.
“Labor is backing Lansdown as the new home for manufacturing in Townsville to support Queensland’s energy industry,” Mr Dick said.
“This is the kind of economic investment that will help to attract new businesses and will offer the region an opportunity to boom as an advanced manufacturing and renewable energy powerhouse.”
The precinct, 40km south-west of Townsville’s port, has been identified by all levels of government, including in the Townsville City Plan and NQ Regional Plan, as an ideal industrial estate and is the focus for strategic development by Townsville City Council.
The Townsville Energy Chemicals Hub (TECH) and Imperium3 Townsville’s proposed lithium-ion battery cell manufacturing facility are among the projects which have already earmarked Lansdown sites for their development.
Edify Energy plans to build a renewable hydrogen electrolyser pilot plant at Lansdown, which would be able to provide hydrogen to other industry parties at the precinct and further reduce their carbon footprint.
Labor Member for Thuringowa Aaron Harper said Labor’s $12 million commitment would deliver road upgrades to improve access for trucks travelling to and from the increasingly busy precinct.
“Labor has already delivered a $5 million upgrade to create new turning lanes and improve safety on the northern approach to the precinct on the Flinders Highway,” Mr Harper said.