Townsville City Council has released a new round of tenders for operations looking to set up shop in the Lansdown industrial precinct at Woodstock.
It comes after the State Government recently paved the way for the council to formally adopt the major planning scheme amendment required for the precinct, with conditions.
The council said it was also progressing the design and construction of critical trunk infrastructure to service the site in the future.
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said potential proponents could now submit tenders for the precinct with confidence the land was zoned appropriately.
“Council welcomed the State Government’s approval for the proposed amendment to the Lansdown precinct and it’s great that we received it in time for the latest tender round to go ahead,” Cr Hill said.
“This allows our current project partners to move ahead with their projects and any potential proponents to submit a proposal with confidence that the precinct is the right location for them.
“Council has committed to Lansdown being established as an environmentally sustainable, advanced manufacturing, processing and technology estate and we’re looking for proponents that will fit this bill.
“Lansdown is really significant to the city with the potential for thousands of jobs to be created which would be a huge boost to our economy and bring new skills to the community, particularly when the local economy is suffering because of the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic.”
The Townsville Energy Chemicals Hub (TECH) and Imperium3 Townsville’s proposed 18 GWh lithium-ion battery cell manufacturing facility (image below) are among the projects which have already earmarked Lansdown sites for their development.
The tender process will close on June 30 and give preference to proposals that are in line with planning objectives of the precinct including:
- Best-practice, low-emission, energy-efficient ecologically sensitive industrial development;
- Innovative and dynamic enterprises that support the creation of new job opportunities for Townsville residents;
- Co-location of industrial uses, such as advanced manufacturing, processing and technology, with supporting and complementary enterprises that grow the domestic and international profile of Townsville; and
- Minimising adverse amenity impacts upon lands outside the precinct.
Planning and Development Committee Chair Cr Les Walker said the tender stage was just the first part of the process and that potential project partners would still have to seek development approval.