April 22nd 2008
Tel defends its role
Following a letter from the Greens Jenny Stirling questioning the role of Townsville Enterprise (Tel), Deputy CEO of Tel, Mr Duncan Paton responds (Ed).
Townsville Enterprise is the region's peak development and marketing body - funded not only by the council, but also local businesses and industry that value growth in our regional economy and acknowledge the contribution made by Townsville Enterprise.
Townsville Enterprise has been servicing the needs of the region for over 15 years, a period which has seen unprecedented growth both economically and socially, in terms of population and facilities. Today Townsville is a growing and vibrant community. The Townsville Enterprise team is passionate about north Queensland's progression and in enhancing the lifestyle we all enjoy.
The work of Townsville Enterprise provides benefit for all the community. For example, we have been a staunch supporter of the three existing local refineries, the Port, and the region's tourism businesses. These organisations provide employment in our region for working families, both directly and indirectly.
Our role in promoting the region's assets and strengths entices people to invest in Townsville, holiday and attend business events in the region.
Major investment decisions need detailed investigations requiring consideration of economic, social and environmental aspects. For Townsville to grow and for the benefits of a strong economy to filter through to working families, opportunities are pursued and considered to ensure they meet the requirements for economic, environmental and social sustainability.
The $190 million Port Access Corridor has been a popular project with strong community support. Not only will it increase economic efficiencies for the region, it will also alleviate industrial traffic on residential roads.
As a leading proponent for the Ocean Terminal development, Townsville Enterprise believes this terminal is important piece of tourism infrastructure in capturing visiting cruise and naval ships. These will provide additional opportunities for our tourism businesses. The development and operation of this terminal should be complementary to the 24/7 operations of the Port. The Ocean Terminal is supported by the Port Authority to effectively free up berths to commercial operations.
Townsville Enterprise's focus is not solely dedicated to attracting major industrial projects and development - we strongly promote the region as a tourism destination, to both Australian and overseas markets. Townsville is Queensland's fastest growing tourist destination over the past 3 years. The tourism industry accounts for 5% of our Gross Regional Product and 7% of local employment. Marketing of the region in other markets is a vital part of attracting visitors and business events. Tourists spend money in local shops, eat at local restaurants and stay in local accommodation, benefiting the regional community.
Townsville Enterprise Limited
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