The Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) was invited to develop a WSC vision and transition strategy for Townsville. This process forms part of the Water Sensitive City Visions and Transition Strategies integrated research project (IRP1), which aims to develop tools and processes for bringing city stakeholders together to create strategic alignment and partnerships for transitioning to their envisioned water sensitive future.

The CRCWSC brought together 29 leading thinkers across water, planning, environment and development in Townsville in a series of three action research workshops. They considered the city’s long-term water aspirations, benchmarked today’s water sensitive performance and explored strategic priorities for the short- to medium-term that will be important in pursuing their water sensitive city vision. This report presents the project findings in detail.