We often hear about how high Townsville’s unemployment rate is.
Latest jobs data has unemployment at 7.9%. Disturbingly, our youth unemployment rate is at 18.5%.
So what does this mean?
It means that right now there are over 9,000 Townsville locals who want a job but cannot get one.
Within the first 100 days of a new administration I will order a complete review and overhaul of Townsville City’s procurement and tendering system.
Any overhaul will require preferential treatment be given to local suppliers and contractors as well as projects that include provision for over 90% of employees to come from the Townsville region.
At the same time, I will ensure that safeguards are in place to ensure procurement and project tendering will deliver value-for-money for the ratepayers of Townsville.
Townsville has a new state-of-the-art 25,000 seat stadium which is a welcome piece of infrastructure for our city.
However, this stadium is at risk of becoming a “white elephant” if more sporting content is not secured soon.
This Labor-aligned council administration are more interested in ribbon cutting then in securing the long term viability of our stadium.
I have already written to the NRL, Football Queensland, Rugby Australia and our federal government representatives and committed to working with them to secure tier one sporting events.
I will work with the NRL to bring Australian Kangaroos and Jillaroos matches to Townsville.
I have committed to work with Football Queensland to investigate the establishment of a high performance centre for boys and girls which will tap into the enormous pool of young soccer players in the region.
I will work with Rugby Australia to support moves to host Wallabies and Wallaroos games in Townsville and I have also lent my support to our Federal MP, Phil Thompson OAM, in calling for any 2032 Olympics bid to include Rugby 7’s in Townsville.
If elected Mayor I will immediately take the lead and ensure that our new stadium does not become another cost burden on the people of Townsville and North Queensland.