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.

The Townsville SDA development scheme

The Townsville SDA development scheme is a regulatory document that controls land use 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 Development Scheme for the Townsville State Development Area (PDF icon 718 KB).

Note: The Townsville SDA Development Scheme uses the terminology change a use of land. 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 changes to the boundary of the Townsville SDA and the Development Scheme for the Townsville SDA are listed below.


Townsville SDA boundary

  • Small expansion to include an area of approximately 12.5 hectares between the Stuart Bypass and Flinders Highway in the SDA.

Development Scheme for the Townsville SDA

  • Template and format changes
  • New and updated land use precincts to:
    • provide greater development certainty to prospective proponents
    • take advantage of their proximity to the Port of Townsville and road and rail routes
    • protect areas containing environmental values with the potential to be used as offset areas.

Development Scheme for the Townsville SDA

  • Small change made to the Materials Transportation and Services Corridor Precinct to facilitate the construction of the Townsville Port Access Road, which ran through the SDA.

Previous versions of the development scheme are available below.

The Townsville SDA maps and targeted land use precincts

Acceleration of the Townsville SDA

Land use assessment and approval

Land ownership

Development opportunities strategy

Further information