Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill has welcomed a number of announcements relating to advanced manufacturing in the Townsville region last week.
The announcements included news that the National Australia Bank will be the financial adviser for the Battery Plant and the potential for Townsville to become the next hydrogen hub for Queensland.
Cr Hill said these announcements and the second stage of tenders for the Lansdown industrial precinct show that confidence in the region is growing.
“The Lansdown Industrial Precinct has support from both Imperium3 and Pure Minerals, with Edify Energy on board to power the area from its Majors Creek Solar Farm,” Cr Hill said.
“Council has opened a second round of tenders calling for project partners to further develop the site and join these companies in bringing new industries and jobs to North Queensland.
“NAB’s support of Imperium3 and the Premier’s comments about Townsville’s potential as a hydrogen hub show that confidence is growing for our city to become a leader in sustainable industries.”
Cr Hill said the tender process for Lansdown would continue while land remains available and eco-industries are being encouraged to apply.
“Council is well underway with the major planning scheme amendment process with the State Government completing its first review of the draft package submitted by Council and working with us to get the site development ready.
“The second round of tenders for project partners is open until the end of September and we are looking for projects that focus on sustainable manufacturing, processing and technology.
“It would be great to see companies looking to develop hydrogen projects consider the benefits of locating within Lansdown.
“The Lansdown Industrial Precinct is perfectly positioned to enable local growth of a green hydrogen market with an existing gas pipeline running parallel to the highway and direct access to the Port of Townsville.”