According to its first annual progress report, the Townsville City Deal is already creating more local jobs and attracting additional investment to Townsville.
Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said progress to date on Australia’s first City Deal was a great example of collaboration between all levels of government and the local community.
"More than 2,000 people are being employed during construction of the North Queensland Stadium with a focus on locals benefiting – more than 90% of the work packages issued to date have been awarded to local businesses," Mr Fletcher said.
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill joined Minister Fletcher and Minister de Brenni in noting the City Deal's progress; particularly the focus on water security.
"The City Deal brought together expertise from all levels of government through the Townsville Water Security Taskforce, and we are now delivering crucial infrastructure that will guarantee Townsville's future water supply and be a job-creating project for the city," Cr Hill said.
Australia's first City Deal, a 15-year commitment to transform Townsville's economy and city centre, was signed by the Prime Minister, Queensland Premier and Townsville Mayor on 9 December 2016.
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