The development industry is a cornerstone of the Townsville economy. Our industry is the third largest generator of employment and directly accounts for approximately 8,900, or 10 per cent of jobs.

And it’s a great region to be part of; we are home to James Cook University, have been home to generations of Australian Defence Force families, and are uniquely placed to house the growth experienced by the mining sector. In regional Australia, we are a genuine multi-tiered economy, with tourism only one part of the economic mix.

The Townsville Branch of the Institute is proud to be the voice of the development industry in Queensland’s northern region and proud of our reputation as expert advisors to the Townsville City Council.

Our level of respect and authority has been built up over years by demonstrating to local authorities that when our members are doing well our community is prospering.

We continue to facilitate access to industry leaders through events that provide expert analysis of the demographic, economic and legislative challenges facing the development community in our region and across the State.

Branch Committee

Matthew Bolton (Branch President) RPS
Michael Tapiolas (Vice President) Parkside Development
Duane Gibson Premise
Glen Maidment Maidment Group
Matthew Montgomerie Cardno
Adam Pease Premise
Tye Smith Lendlease Communities
Rachel Dunstan Stockland


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5 Minutes with Megan Kraft

UDIA Fraser Coast Branch President Megan Kraft share with us the importance of being involved in the local community on both a personal and professional level.

Local Events

Townsville Market Outlook

October 21, 2021 Townsville

Join us on October 21 to find out what’s happening in the Townsville Market.

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Rob Sobyra

Craig Stack

Townsville Development Showcase

September 16, 2021 Townsville

Join us on September 16 to find out the drivers behind the developments, the challenges and opportunities, and what’s coming up next in the Townsville…

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Simon Walker

Cameron Jones

John O'Brien

Therese Smith

Spotlight on EnviroDevelopment in Bundaberg

October 27, 2021 Townsville

Join us on 27 October to learn more about sustainability trends in within residential subdivision and master planned communities.

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Taylor Hood

Tomas O'Malley

Dwayne Honor


Townsville Branch