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 percent 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 (Co President) RPS
Michael Tapiolas (Co President) Parkside Development
Duane Gibson Premise
Glen Maidment Maidment Group
William McKenzie Wilson Ryan Grose
Adam Pease Premise
Neil Bennett Lendlease Communities
Rachel Dunstan Stockland
Lael Mayer RPS


NATIONAL: UDIA End of Year Update

UDIA National President, Col Dutton, has taken the opportunity to reflect on policy and advocacy nationally and on some of the major advocacy outcomes UDIA has achieved for members in 2023.

Local Events

Townsville Housing Our Troops

May 23, 2024 Townsville

Join us on 23 May to discover how the recent Defence Strategic Review and the implementation of defence projects are set to bring unprecedented housing…

Event details


Honourable Matthew Thistlethwaite MP

Barry Jackson


Townsville Branch