Declared in 2003, the 4915-hectare Townsville State Development Area (SDA) is a defined area of land dedicated for industrial development. It is located about six kilometres south-east of the Townsville CBD and 2km south of the Port of Townsville.

Situated at the junction of the national road network (Bruce and Flinders Highways), with direct connections to major rail networks and the Port of Townsville, the Townsville SDA is positioned to be the preferred location in North Queensland for the establishment of industrial development of regional, state and National significance.

Managed by the Coordinator-General, the Townsville SDA supports economic development in a way that considers environmental, cultural and social issues as well as existing industry and surrounding infrastructure within the region.

Have your say – draft Townsville SDA development scheme

Land use in the Townsville SDA is regulated by the Townsville SDA Development Scheme. The Coordinator-General has undertaken a review of the development scheme and is proposing changes.

The draft Townsville SDA Development Scheme is currently undergoing public consultation; for further information and to have your say click here.

Expression of Interest - Townsville SDA Acceleration Project

The Coordinator-General has released an Expression of Interest (EOI) for land in the Townsville SDA and is currently inviting submissions from proponents wishing to contract with the Coordinator-General to develop and purchase, in whole or in part, approximately 319 hectares of land within the Townsville SDA.

Further details are on the QTenders website. Closing date for the EOI is strictly 2pm Tuesday 11 December 2018

The Townsville SDA Development Scheme

The Townsville SDA Development Scheme is a regulatory document that controls planning and development within the Townsville SDA.

First approved by the state government in 2005, the development scheme has been amended numerous times. The current version was approved in July 2013 following a series of detailed investigations including environmental, economic and infrastructure studies in the Townsville SDA.

Download the current Townsville State Development Area Development Scheme (PDF icon 718 KB).

The development scheme contains a development assessment framework for making, assessing and deciding applications and requests relating to development within the Townsville SDA. The most common of these is an application to change a use of land.

Note: An application to change a use of land means an SDA application for a material change of use.

The development scheme for the Townsville SDA is supported by a Public consultation policy (PDF icon 65 KB) that provides information on matters the Coordinator-General may consider when determining whether public consultation of an SDA application is required.

The Townsville SDA Development Scheme is currently under review. Click for more information and to have your say on the draft Townsville SDA Development Scheme.

The Townsville SDA maps and targeted land use precincts


Acceleration of the Townsville SDA

Land ownership

Further information