Plans and Documents

RDA Townsville and North West Queensland


Publications and Reports

Queensland Regions Trading Globally 2018

Telecommunications Infrastructure Review 2012

Please click HERE for Inland Queensland Roads Action Plan (IQ-RAP) documents




RDA TNWQ Pre-Budget 2018 Submission for IQ-RAP

Northern RDA Alliance (NRDAA) submission to the JSCNA Inquiry into Opportunities and Methods for Stimulating the Tourism Industry in Northern Australia

RDA TNWQ Submission to the Senate Inquiry into Relocation of Government Bodies to Regional Areas

RDA TNWQ Inquiry into the Sustainability of Local Governments in Queensland for IQ-RAP 

RDA TNWQ Pre-budget 2017 Submission for IQ-RAP



ACCC Domestic Mobile Roaming Declaration Inquiry 2016

Telecommunications Universal Service Obligation Inquiry

2016-17 pre-budget submission by Inland Queensland Roads Action Plan Working Group

Other Documents

NQ Pathfinder Action Plan

The NQ Region Pathfinder Project has brought together the knowledge and experience of local leaders and stakeholders to develop a plan, which capitalises on the region’s strengths, for the North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (NQ-ROC) through its Regional Economic Development Sub-committee (RED-ROC). This project is based on the partnership between The Regional Australia Institute and Queensland Government Department of State Development and Department of Education and Training, Townsville City Council, Charters Towers Regional Council, Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council, Burdekin Shire Council, Hinchinbrook Shire Council, Townsville Enterprise Ltd and Regional Development Australia Townsville and North West Queensland.

The action plan focusses economic resources on six priority areas which are:

  • Tourism growth
  • Asia gateway expansion
  • Human resources growth
  • More entrepreneurs
  • Lifting workforce skills
  • Value add for agriculture

The NQ Pathfinder Action Plan is designed to refresh the North Queensland Economic Development Plan 2014 - 2031 (NQ2031).


NQ2031 North Queensland Economic Development Plan 2014-2031

Adopted on 21 March 2014, NQ2031 is an initiative of the Regional Economic Development sub-committee of the North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (RED-ROC). This highlevel committee was instigated to foster a greater level of regional unity and collaboration to drive economic development in North Queensland between the City of Townsville, Charters Towers Regional Council, Burdekin Shire Council, Hinchinbrook Shire Council and Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council.

The Strategic Regional Goals guiding the implementation of the NQ2031 vision are:

  • Infrastructure to drive population and economic growth
  • Innovation and developing new industries
  • Ensuring a strong and unified regional profile to maximise investment
  • Building the capabilities of our people in terms of skills and employment
  • Maintaining our great North Queensland lifestyle


MITEZ 50-Year Freight Infrastructure Plan / Final Report / May 2012

The RDA Townsville and North West Queensland Committee has been a partner with MITEZ and several other regional stakeholders, with the support of Infrastructure Australia, to develop the MITEZ 50-Year Freight Infrastructure Plan Final Report. 

RDA contributed funds and was an active member of the Working Group to develop the Plan.  The Plan addresses the growth forecasts of freight in the region and the challenges facing the Mount Isa to Townsville supply chain and the region it supports.  The goal is to increase productivity and attract investment into infrastructure to ensure well-managed, sustainable growth can occur.


The North West Regional Plan 2010-2031

Released by former Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, Stirling Hinchliffe in Mount Isa on 10 August 2010, the plan is the Queensland Government's long-term strategy for shaping the region over the 20-year period to 2031. The plan will help create a diverse local economy, protect the region's lifestyle and environment, inform the delivery of educational and training opportunities and support healthy and safe communities.

The plan applies to five local government areas:

  • Cloncurry Shire Council
  • Flinders Shire Council
  • McKinlay Shire Council
  • Mount Isa City Council
  • Richmond Shire Council


Townsville Futures Plan

The Townsville Futures Plan outlines a range of recommendations to determine the way forward for Townsville in a manner which will deliver significant benefits for the region into the future.  Two members of the RDA Townsville and North West Queensland Committee were members of the task force responsible for preparation of the plan.


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