Mount Louisa is set to be transformed with a concept plan for the area to investigate the potential for new recreational and commercial opportunities.
Townsville City Council has appointed RPS Australia East to produce a concept plan for Mount Louisa that will open up the area – particularly its prominent ridgeline – and improve public access while allowing for new recreational uses and explore any potential commercial opportunities.
Reimagining our natural landscapes and improving access and recreational facilities is a key priority of the Townsville 2020 masterplan.
Townsville 2020 provides a clear vision for our city and aims to provide world-class experiences through new infrastructure and developments.
The Mount Louisa concept plan will transform the area into one of Townsville’s most popular public spaces by allowing locals and visitors to take advantage of its spectacular vistas of our city and coastline.
Mayor Jenny Hill said the concept plan would deliver on another election commitment.
“My team and I wanted to make sure we provide the best public spaces and recreational facilities right across Townsville, whether it’s in the city or the suburbs,” Cr Hill said.
“This concept plan will unlock Mount Louisa’s potential and take advantage of its 360 degree vistas of Townsville.
“Thousands of residents living near Mount Louisa will benefit from improved access to new recreational facilities, which could include walking tracks, viewing platforms and barbecue areas.
“Mount Louisa will become one of the most iconic public spaces in Townsville as a result of this concept plan – and I’m sure it will become a big hit on social media too.”
Deputy Mayor and Planning and Development Committee Chair Les Walker said the concept plan was part of Council’s Townsville 2020 vision.
“Mount Louisa is one of the highest points in Townsville and this plan will ensure we take advantage of the amazing views back across our city and coastline,” Cr Walker said.
“Townsville 2020 provides a clear vision for all of Townsville and providing new public spaces and recreational facilities in our suburban areas is a key part of the masterplan.
“The concept plan will focus on sport and recreation activities over the short, medium and long-term and will be delivered through a staged approach.”
The concept plan - expected to be complete in October - will also consider the existence of sites of Aboriginal cultural heritage within the Mount Louisa project area.
Community consultation will occur during the development of the concept plan and Council will update the community on progress of this project through the Townsville 2020 website: https://www.townsville.qld.gov.au/2020