Queensland,Townsville and North West Queensland
The Townsville and North West Queensland region covers
Townsville, Burdekin Shire, Hinchinbrook Shire and Charters
–Overview Towers, and boasts a resilient and diverse range of business,
industry and government sectors, and a wealth of investment
North Queensland is ideally positioned as a hub for tropical
2:Section expertise due to its proximity and access to the Asia Pacific
region, significant capacity in research and development, strong
partnerships between industry and research institutes, extensive
network of local stakeholders and rich biodiversity.
Townsville is fast becoming a leader in tropical knowledge, with
established expertise in the fields of medicine, health, education,
sustainability and marine sciences.
Mining and minerals processing and renewable energy including
bagasse, wind and solar power are increasingly expanding
industries in the region and opportunities for the development of
bio-based fuels and industrial products with research into algal-based
products are currently being explored.
The Burdekin area has two of Australia's largest renewable
generators providing one-quarter of the total cane supply to
the Australian sugar industry. Other major produce includes
beef and an array of horticultural crops while emerging sectors
include aquaculture, grains, legumes and cotton.
Cairns and Far North Queensland
The Cairns and Far North Queensland region encompasses a
large geographical and economically diverse area. The region
has a population of approximately 278,000 people, with more
than 54 per cent living in Cairns. The population is expected to
grow to 328,000 by the year 2031.
26 Remember – when you contact a Member, please tell them you found them in the 2018 LSQ Member Directory Home to two World Heritage listed sites - the northern half of the
Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforest, the area is rich
in biodiversity encompassing rainforest, mangrove, savannah,
and reef and range habitats. This diversity supports competitive
advantages in tourism, aviation, marine services, fisheries and
The region is known for its tropical expertise, with businesses
utilising or delivering research, innovation, science, knowledge,
skills and practices, which are particular to tropical products,
production, outputs or services.
Opportunities to develop tropical applications in health,
environmental management, primary industries, industrial
processes and chemicals, tropical infrastructure and urban
design are emerging across a wide range of sectors, including
tropical health, tropical agribusiness, tropical living and tropical
Agriculture is also a major economic driver in this region,
contributing significantly to employment, investment and
domestic spending. Agricultural, livestock, fisheries and forestry
production in the area accounts for much of the activity outside
of Cairns in the sub-regional economies.
The region also exhibits unique opportunities and emerging
innovations in wind, solar and biofuels markets, and it is
expected that a growing renewable energy sector will play a
significant role in North Queensland's energy security.