MORE than $63 million worth of construction is under way at North Shore as the rapid growth in Townsville’s north continues.
A new $40 million state primary school, about 60 homes and site works for Stockland’s latest display village are under construction.
North Shore project director Andrew Astorquia said the projects were creating hundreds of local jobs. “Since our launch in 2008, there has been a huge investment in the community including a shopping centre, roads, community buildings, schools, kilometres of bike paths, playgrounds, parks and four display villages,” he said.
“It really is a hub of activity out here at the moment with trades from just about every discipline working. It shows the resilience of a city and the importance of creating communities that are well planned to continue to attract families through livability and lifestyle.”
North Shore has grown significantly since it was launched with about 5500 people now living in the masterplanned community.
The community has kickstarted a range of residential and commercial developments such as the Northern Beaches Leisure Centre, Bunnings opening a new store and Stockland Shopping Centre.
Most recently, Arcare opened its $20 million aged care facility while there are also plans for a tavern.
Townsville City Council divisional councillor Paul Jacob said the growth had been helped by families flocking to the northern beaches for the great lifestyle the area offered.
“I think it’s really good to see the growth in the northern beaches area … and council has plans for a youth activation hub,” he said.
“It is one of the major growth areas of Townsville and having facilities like a school will further aid that population growth.
“It has an atmosphere of a family area and it’s nice and close to the beach while one of the other driving forces of the area is you can now get straight on the Ring Road and go to three major employers, being the university, defence barracks and hospital which makes it just that more attractive to people.”
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