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Declared in 2003, the 4915-hectare Townsville State Development Area (SDA) is located about six kilometres south-east of the Townsville CBD.

The Townsville SDA is intended to be the preferred location in North Queensland for the establishment of industrial development of regional, state and National significance.

The Townsville SDA lends itself to industrial development due to its proximity to:

  • Port of Townsville
  • road and rail routes running north, south and west
  • key infrastructure corridors
  • large workforce and support services.

Targeted industries

Industries considered suitable for the Townsville SDA include port, rail and road dependent industries, such as:

  • manufacturing (chemicals and metals production)
  • minerals processing
  • intermodal freight and logistics
  • bulk storage.


  • Regulation map (PDF icon 923 KB) - shows the boundary of the declared Townsville SDA.
  • Precincts map (PDF icon 512 KB) - identifies those parts of the Townsville SDA considered broadly suitable for various types of industrial and infrastructure development. The map forms part of the development scheme.

Development scheme

Planning and development in the Townsville SDA is controlled by a development scheme.

First approved by the Governor in Council in 2005, the development scheme was most recently amended in July 2013 after the Coordinator-General undertook a series of detailed investigations - including environmental, economic and infrastructure studies - in the Townsville SDA.

Download the current development scheme

Download previous development schemes

Public consultation policy

The development scheme for the Townsville SDA is supported by a Public consultation policy (PDF icon 98 KB) that provides information on matters the Coordinator-General may consider when determining whether public consultation of an SDA application is required.


Since being declared, the Townsville SDA has been amended.

Applications and requests

There are a number of applications and requests relating to development within the Townsville SDA that require approval from the Coordinator-General.

Note: The Townsville SDA Development Scheme uses the terminology change a use of land. An application to change a use of land means an SDA application for a material change of use.

Land acquisition

The Coordinator-General owns some of the land within the Townsville SDA. For more details, contact the department.

Existing uses

Major industries established in the Townsville SDA include:

  • Origin Energy Mt Stuart peaking generator plant
  • Pacific National rail freight terminal
  • Aurizon locomotive and rolling stock maintenance facility
  • Sun Metals Zinc refinery
  • JBS Australia abattoir
  • Townsville City Council landfill
  • Townsville correctional facility
  • Xstrata Copper refinery.

Development opportunities strategy

The department has released a Development opportunities strategy for the Townsville State Development Area.