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Townsville launches into first City Deal

AAP logoAAP 8/12/2016

Malcolm Turnbull and Annastacia Palaszczuk are expected to sign Australia's first City Deal on Friday, covering the north Queensland city of Townsville.

The prime minister, Queensland premier and Townsville mayor Jenny Hill will be in Canberra on Friday to endorse the agreement, which will set out funding for major job-creation projects such as the city's football stadium and rail corridor and establish development benchmarks.

The next deals to be unveiled will cover Launceston and Western Sydney.

Mr Turnbull announced the Townsville City Deal during the election as the coalition sought to retain Herbert against a strong challenge from Labor - which ended up taking the seat by a handful of votes.

Although Labor won, Mr Turnbull promised to make good on the Townsville City Deal, with $100 million for a new stadium and and entertainment centre and and $150 million for the Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor

Under the coalition's Smart Cities Plan, the federal government will work with state and local governments on City Deals to improve cities through integrated planning and better collaboration to improve infrastructure.

In October Mr Turnbull and NSW Premier Mike Baird agreed on a Western Sydney City Deal, which includes the Badgerys Creek airport.

Townsville stands to do well from recent commonwealth government decisions.

It will be a major beneficiary of the enormous Adani coal mine and also gain substantial investment from Singapore upgrading defence training areas, including the Townsville Field Training Area.

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