The largest city in North Australia and widely regarded as the capital of North Queensland, Townsville is a major port and the trading centre for much of the activity in the MITEZ region.
Lying halfway between Cape York and Brisbane City, Townsville is the smallest local government area taking part in the MITEZ agreement, covering just 3,736 square kilometres.
Despite its small land area, Townsville represents the largest MITEZ population block, with almost 200,000 people calling the city home. Townsville encompasses several areas, including a major urban centre, rural land, mountain ranges and large offshore areas such as Magnetic Island, Herald Island and Rattlesnake Island.
Townsville’s unique and low-lying geography make it one of the region’s most effective access routes, providing services connecting the inland and northern reaches of Queensland to the rest of the state. Major investments in road, rail, air and sea transport mean that Townsville is used as a hub by most state and federal government projects, as well as for private enterprises operating in the mining, commerce, retail, community and cultural sectors.
In addition to serving as a transport hub, Townsville hosts significant public and private investments that include mineral processing, defence, education, tourism and marine research facilities. The large Defence Force presence in Townsville offers a major boost to the region’s economy and helps to attract further investment from the Federal Government.
Our Economic Zone
The MITEZ Region
MITEZ is a regional organisation representing local government areas across Northern Queensland’s most important transport corridor. The economic development zone encompasses Mount Isa, Cloncurry, McKinlay, Richmond, Flinders, Charters Towers and Townsville, serving more than 230,000 local residents.
MITEZ encourages commercial and administrative cooperation, helping its member cities to work towards shared economic and social goals.
Overlanders Way TV Series Study
The Overlanders Way Group, in collaboration with community and industry ...
Cotton Gin Feasibility Study
Through access to Remote Area Board (RAB) funding, in 2020/21 ...
Study for a dam on the upper Cloncurry River
Investigations into the viability of a dam on the upper ...