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    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    New city moves step closer

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Wednesday, September 23, 2009

    New city moves step closer

    A new multi-billion-dollar master-planned community that will be home to more than 35,000 people south of Townsville moved a step closer today with endorsement of the project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

    The Rocky Springs satellite city is proposed for a 1600-hectare site in the suburbs of Nome and Julago, 12 kilometres south of the Townsville CBD.

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe said he had today signed off on the EIS assessment report for the groundbreaking project.

    “The project is expected to create around 1500 jobs during the 35-year construction period, and an expected 17,000 jobs overall once the city was complete,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “The Townsville region is one of the fastest growing in Queensland, with its population expected to grow by 80,000 people in the next 20 years.

    “This will create demand for more housing and jobs – the Rocky Springs project will meet that demand by providing a new residential, commercial, industrial and educational base.”

    Mr Hinchliffe said this report would now be used by several other State and Commonwealth agencies to finalise the assessment of the application.

    “It will then go to the Townsville City Council for a final decision to be made,” he said.

    “The Director-General, Colin Jensen, has ensured the EIS addressed all the terms of reference, and the development proposal is considered suitable so long as the recommendations of the assessment report are followed.”

    Mr Hinchliffe said if approved, Rocky Springs could consist of around 14,500 dwellings and be home to about 35,000 people by the year 2045.

    The Nome area, which includes Julago, has a current population of 1,050.

    Mr Hinchliffe said the Townsville-Thuringowa Strategy Plan identified Rocky Springs as a potential site for an integrated urban community, and new developments such as this were crucial to managing growth in the region.

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