The City of Townsville is the largest city in Northern Australia. With 194,072 residents (Estimated Resident Population 2018) and set to grow, Townsville is the major economic and service centre for North Queensland. Townsville provides a laid back tropical lifestyle that is complemented by capital city comforts, no other Australian city boasts the resilience, diversity, lifestyle and economic potential that the Townsville North Queensland Region enjoys.
Townsville is located about halfway between the tip of Cape York and Brisbane and boasts a stunning natural environment. The Ross River flows from the foothills of the Hervey and Mount Stuart ranges to its outlet in Cleveland Bay, where the CBD’s skyline is dominated by the distinctive Castle Hill and Magnetic Island lies just eight kilometers offshore. The Townsville community celebrates and values the unique elements of our natural environment. Traditional owners and custodians of the land are the Gurambilburra Wulgurukaba, Bindal, Nywaigi, and Gugu Badhun People, who are the first people to have lived in the Townsville region. Townsville has a significant first nations population, 4.2% higher than the national average.
Significant industries in Townsville include retail trade, health and education services, government administration and defence, construction, mining, manufacturing, and property and business services. Townsville is the primary port and freight hub, particularly for the agricultural areas of the surrounding region and for the North West minerals province.
Townsville’s strong liveability attributes make the city an attractive destination for migrants, 25,574 people who were living in the Townsville City Council in 2016 were born overseas, and 20% had arrived in Australia within 5 years prior to 2016.
Townsville City Council values diversity and inclusion; Diversity is central to innovation. It brings forth new and better ways of doing things, helps to harness the benefits of technology, and improve how our community functions. Inclusion is the key to unlocking this potential. When we value diversity and inclusion, we see a number of benefits and positive economic and social outcomes in the community. The Townsville City Councils endeavors to be a leader for the local community in fostering social cohesion through championing the principles of inclusion and welcome. Townsville City Council are committed to ensuring everyone in Townsville has an equal opportunity to enjoy, participate and contribute to our city regardless of your age, ability or background.