Children play in the sunshine on The Strand on Townsville’s waterfront.
Children play in the sunshine on The Strand on Townsville’s waterfront. JULIE LAMBERT

Townsville shows Rocky the way

TOWNSVILLE’S beautiful The Strand development has been a $500 million success story.

Mike Reynolds, the former Member for Townsville for more than a decade and city mayor, yesterday said the development had been the precursor for future growth.

The Strand is a 2.2km world-class beachfront promenade custom-built for enjoyment.

The award-winning facility cost $35 million to build, with state and local governments playing key roles and the Federal Government joining the state with $5 million disaster relief funding.

While Mr Reynolds didn’t want to comment on the political situation regarding any future development at the Yeppoon foreshore, he said two key elements had enabled The Strand to come to fruition.

The first was the combining of Townsville’s economic development and tourism bodies into Townsville Enterprise, which provided a united voice.

The second was the spirit of cooperativeness between the different levels of government, business, industry and the community.

“There’s no doubt our stunningly successful Strand development has been an important precursor for future development,” Mr Reynolds said.

“The Strand has had about a $500 million economic impact in the past 10 years in regards to further investment taking place.

“The spirit of collaboration and cooperation allowed Townsville to advance with a united voice and to move forward on other projects.”

He acknowledged the ongoing costs were high to maintain the facility.

“Having these types of developments take place require a council to be visionary,” Mr Reynolds said.

“No state or federal government of any political persuasion will accept the ongoing maintenance costs, that is a council responsibility.”

He said governments of all levels were constrained by the current financial climate.



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