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    Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    $15 million injection to kick-start Townsville residential estate

    Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Monday, November 14, 2016

    $15 million injection to kick-start Townsville residential estate

    The Palaszczuk Government has kick-started work on Townsville’s largest master planned residential community of “Elliot Springs”, formerly known as Rocky Springs, committing $15 million to build vital water and roads infrastructure.

    Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad said the infrastructure will unlock development of the estate which will become home to more than 27,000 people.

    “Elliot Springs is a major project for Townsville and North Queenslandand will deliver a great local economic boost,” Ms Trad said.

    “This is an important investment in this region and is being delivered as part of our Catalyst Infrastructure Program, a program designed to unlock economic growth through attracting private sector projects.”

    Minister Assisting the Premier for North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke said that the project was integral to economic growth in North Queensland.

    “This co-investment with LendLease will deliver more than $60 million worth of connecting infrastructure and support more than 360 jobs in the first three years,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

    Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said that this was an example of the government delivering great new community facilities alongside economic growth.

    “The economic benefits will flow on for many years to come as this area transforms with houses, shopping complexes, childcare centres, sports fields, restaurants and community facilities,” Mr Stewart said.

    LendLease General Manager for Communities in Queensland, Guy Gibson said they were excited to have been successful in securing the funding to kick-start Elliot Springs.

    “Lendlease is committed to the delivery of this community within Townsville and will continue to negotiate final approvals so construction can commence,” Mr Gibson said.

    Construction is expected to begin in March 2017 and will add to jobs already provided through development at the Port of Townsville, Lavarack Barracks, JCU and the Townsville Hospital.

    The State Government has previously invested $5 million in CIP funds for new water and sewerage infrastructure at the Palmview development by AVID Property Group on the Sunshine Coast and $5 million in the James Cook University’s, Ideas Market, a social hub for entertainment and events to build upon the vibrant university community.

    For further information about the Catalyst Infrastructure Program visit: www.edq.qld.gov.au/cip

    Elliot Springs – the facts

    • Elliot Springs takes its name from the stunning Mount Elliot backdrop that forms part of a 360 degree mountain views including Mount Jack, Mount Stuart and the Muntalunga Ranges.
    • 15 kilometres south of Townsville CBD
    • Over 10,600 homes on completion
    • Over 26,000 residents on completion
    • 1,609 hectare development
    • 360 degree mountain views
    • 38 year community development
    • Approximate completion in 2050
    • 30 per cent of site dedicated to open space including a conservation area
    • Retail, education, recreation, commercial and residential facilities
    • Close proximity to  Murray Sporting complex,  Army Barracks, Townsville Hospital, James Cook University, and the Townsville CBD

    ENDS

    Media contact: Anna Jabour 0429 890 942