The Catalyst Infrastructure Program is a Queensland Government initiative to invest in urban infrastructure that unlocks development, generates construction activity and creates long-term employment.

Under the program, Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) co-invests in infrastructure projects in the form of an interest-free loan. Funds can then be recycled and re-invested.

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Catalyst Infrastructure Program projects

Funding from EDQ's Catalyst Infrastructure Program has been co-invested in a range of development projects including:

Pulse Data Centre

pulse data centre

The Pulse Data Centre is the cornerstone of the planned Toowoomba Technology Park. We're working closely with FKG Group to develop this innovative precinct which has the potential to support thousands of new jobs when fully operational.

Project snapshot:

  • In 2017 EDQ approved $10 million in funding for FKG Group to build the world-class Pulse Data Centre.
  • The project involves the design and construction of a security office building and the first of three data centre buildings.
  • Driven by growing demand for large-scale data centres.

Mount Peter, Cairns

mount peter trunk sewer line

EDQ worked with Cairns Regional Council to invest in the essential infrastructure for the future development of Mount Peter residential estate.

Project snapshot:

  • $2.25 million was approved for infrastructure upgrades which included the trunk sewer line and 1.5 kilometres of new trench and trenchless pipeline.
  • Local construction company JR & LM Trackson Pty Ltd completed and commissioned the infrastructure in June 2018.

James Cook University, Townsville Ideas Market

james cook university central plaza artists impression

EDQ approved funding for the construction of stage one of a three-stage Ideas Market development at James Cook University (JCU). The Ideas Market aims to connect the university through public spaces and walkways, and once complete will help unlock private sector investment in Discovery Rise – the university’s urban development project.

Project snapshot:

  • EDQ’s funding of $5 million was paired with a $7.6 million investment by JCU.
  • Central Plaza is part of a bigger plan that will see JCU transition from a conventional institutional setting into a university town within the city of Townsville.

Elliot Springs, Townsville

elliot springs intersection

EDQ provided $15 million for a signalised intersection and entry roads upgrade at Elliot Springs; one of Townsville’s major master planned residential developments. This investment unlocks the potential for economic growth and jobs in the region.

Project snapshot:

  • Construction of the intersection and approximately 700 metres of major collector road allows greater access to the development. 
  • Developer Lend Lease is providing approximately $23.9 million worth of connecting infrastructure, sewer pump station and reservoir in the development.
  • Elliot Springs will become home to over 26,000 residents across more than 10,000 homes.

Townsville Airport Apron

townsville airport apron

EDQ approved $9 million for an upgrade to expand and resurface the 28-year old Townsville Airport Apron (the area where aircraft are parked, refuelled and boarded). The 18,000 square metre apron expansion delivered two additional parking bays for the country’s fastest growing airport.

Project snapshot:

  • The infrastructure upgrade benefits commercial airlines and the adjacent Northern Australian Aerospace Centre of Excellence (NAACEX) industrial park.
  • BMD Construction was appointed to complete the project, which was jointly funded by $1 million from Townsville Airport.

Maroochydore City Centre (Sunshine Coast Principal Activity Centre)

 maroochydore city centre artist impression

Funding of $12.6 million was approved for road intersection upgrades to provide greater connection and access to the Maroochydore City Centre. EDQ, Sunshine Coast Regional Council and the Department of Transport and Main Roads worked together on the delivery of the intersection upgrades.

Project snapshot:

  • The infrastructure was delivered by Sunshine Coast Regional Council and its development entity SunCentral Marooochydore Pty Ltd over two stages.
  • The upgrades are vital for the ongoing growth of Maroochydore and the Sunshine Coast.


palmview harmony master plan aerial

Funding of $5 million was approved for vital infrastructure to be delivered at Harmony, Palmview’s largest master planned community. Over the next 15 years, Palmview will be a key regional development area for residential and employment growth.

Project snapshot:

  • Palmview’s developer AVID Property Group co-invested $5 million towards the essential infrastructure that included sewer pump station, sewer rising main and trunk water main.
  • The catalyst funding allowed AVID to accelerate construction works at Harmony and help neighbouring landholders unlock their developments.
  • Once completed, Harmony will deliver more than 4,800 homes for 12,000 residents.

Bromelton Intermodal Freight Precinct

 bromelton intermodal freight precinct

EDQ co-invested $9.5 million towards the construction of the $32.5 million purpose built Bromelton intermodal rail freight precinct. The catalyst funding allowed national freight company SCT Logistics Group to construct a cross-dock capable of handling three-kilometre-long trains.

Project snapshot:

  • SCT Logistics Group is the largest private-held national freight company in Australia and the precinct’s anchor tenant.
  • The precinct supports business growth and productivity in South East Queensland by delivering increased access to rail freight transportation along the north-south corridor outside the metropolitan centre.