The Townsville State Development Area was declared by the Governor in Council on 30 October 2003. The Townsville State Development Area comprises about 4,900 hectares and includes the Stuart Industrial Area and the proposed Townsville Eastern Port Access Road and Rail Corridor. When constructed, the Eastern Port Access Corridor will provide direct, efficient and safe materials transportation and services access from industrial projects on the Townsville State Development Area to the Port of Townsville.

The Townsville State Development Area has been declared to assist the Townsville region to achieve its potential as a major base metals processing centre through the capturing of value-adding opportunities from the North West Minerals Province. The generation of significant investment in new base metals processing industries will ensure continued economic growth and employment generation for the Townsville region and the State.

The Townsville State Development Area lends itself to industrial development because of its outstanding location close to the Port of Townsville, the ready availability of key infrastructure and the potential for synergies through the co-location of new industries with established industries such as the Xstrata copper refinery and the Sun Metals zinc refinery.  Major industries currently established on the Townsville State Development Area include:

  • Sun Metals zinc refinery
  • Xstrata copper refinery
  • Australia Meat Holdings meat works
  • Queensland Rail locomotive and rolling stock maintenance facility
  • Pacific National rail freight terminal.