Investigation into a potential state development area to support the Tropical North Global Tourism Hub

Closes 15 Feb 2019

Opened 26 Nov 2018


In October 2017, the Queensland Government announced a global tourism hub (GTH) for tropical North Queensland. The Tropical North GTH is intended to:

  • support Queensland's tourism industry
  • provide new employment opportunities
  • deliver new public realm
  • connect Queensland with new and emerging tourism markets
  • support Cairns' economy
  • provide new lifestyle and entertainment offerings.

The Coordinator-General recognises the opportunities for significant economic and tourism development benefits to North Queensland as a result of the Tropical North GTH and is investigating a potential State Development Area (SDA) to support delivery of the Tropical North GTH.

You are invited to have your say on the SDA investigation and the boundary for a potential SDA. A map showing the indicative SDA investigation area and a brochure on the Coordinator-General's investigations are attached below.

The Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games (DITID) is managing the Tropical North GTH procurement process, including setting the strategic direction, attracting and selecting a proponent, and managing the delivery of the Tropical North GTH.

Should the Coordinator-General's investigations conclude an SDA is suitable, and a declaration occurs, the Coordinator-General will continue to work closely with DITID to deliver the Tropical North GTH.

Further information about SDAs is available here. Further information about GTHs and the Tropical North GTH is available on the DITID website.

How to make a submission

You can make a submission about the investigation into a potential SDA using one of the following methods:

The Coordinator-General
SDA investigations – Tropical North GTH
Office of the Coordinator-General
Department of State Development,
Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
PO Box 15517
City East QLD 4002

A submission must meet the following criteria:

  • be made to the Coordinator-General in writing or electronically
  • be received on or before the last day of the consultation period
  • state the name of each person who made the submission
  • clearly state the matters that you are concerned about or interested in
  • provide any factual information that you have relied on, and the source of this information
  • suggest measures you consider would be appropriate to inform a decision about the potential Tropical North GTH SDA.

Feedback is invited until Friday,15 February 2019.

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