Townsville’s performance captured on new Cities Framework

A new, national framework to help track the progress of the nation’s largest cities has highlighted affordable housing and strong annual employment growth as two of Townsville’s strongest attributes.

 Townsville based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the National Cities Performance Framework, launched today by Assistant Minister for Cities Angus Taylor, brings together critical data on key issues such as infrastructure, housing and liveability in an easily accessible online dashboard.

 This new Performance Framework gives us a clear picture of how Townsville is performing in comparison to other major cities across the country,” Senator Macdonald said.

 “I am pleased to see Townsville rank strongly in terms of affordable housing and annual employment growth, however its clear there is still a great deal of work to be done, with youth unemployment the highest in the Framework.”

 The new framework is a critical tool that will help ensure decisions on economic growth and investment in major regions is well informed and evidence base, Senator Macdonald said.

 “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.”

 Assistant Minister Taylor said the Performance Framework ensures all levels of government, industry and the community have access to critical economic, social and trend data to inform cities policy and investment decisions.

 “The Performance Framework is a living resource the Australian Government will improve over time to ensure its performance indicators remain robust and relevant to our modern cities,” he said.

 Further information on the Smart Cities Plan and the National Cities Performance Framework is available at

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