Townsville’s major new eco-industrial precinct at Lansdown is officially underway, with access road construction starting today on the Council-led project that will generate significant jobs for the city.
Works to progress construction of the No-Name Road access road are anticipated to take up to four months to complete, weather and construction conditions permitting.
The start of site works at Lansdown follows the recent announcement by US industrial giant General Motors (GM) to invest $108M to support Queensland Pacific Metals (QPM) develop and construct its proposed Townsville Energy Chemicals Hub (TECH) project at Lansdown.
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the start of site infrastructure works was a key step in the Council’s ambition to create Northern Australia’s first environmentally sustainable advanced manufacturing precinct.
An infrastructure masterplan for Lansdown was released in March this year, with the State and Federal Governments tipping in $74M to build the vital enabling infrastructure.
“Townsville is ready to go to the next level when it comes to developing an advanced manufacturing, hydrogen and renewable energy hub, and Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct is key to this,” Cr Hill said.
“As well as QPM, that confidence has been backed by companies such as Edify, RTE Energy, Solquartz, Origin Energy Future Fuels and North Queensland Gas Pipeline, all signing on to operate at the precinct.”
Member for Mundingburra and State hydrogen champion Les Walker said the Palaszczuk Government had allocated funding in this year’s budget to upgrade road, rail and water infrastructure to support the Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct.
“Businesses have the confidence to invest in Lansdown and Townsville because our government is making significant investments too,” Mr Walker said.
“There are huge opportunities to develop Lansdown into a job creating precinct which will support Townsville now and into the future.
“With planned projects for the precinct including commercial-scale green hydrogen production, solar generation and battery metal refining, it’s truly an exciting time for our city.”
The Lansdown Precinct is a home for future industries and Council has committed to ensuring roads and raw water supply are in place to meet the operational requirements of proponents.
For more information about Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct, visit www.townsville.qld.gov.au/lansdown.