Imagining futures

This site is a conversation starter about the future possibilities of Townsville.

In response to a public competition initiated by Townsville Enterprise Limited, Sister City Partners Limited has imagined one such possibility. We have developed these through a series of vignettes, which can be found on these pages.

We welcome members of the community to get involved in this conversation. To do so, add your comments to each of the vignettes.

Why 2070?

That is 56 years form now. It is a simple matter of arithmetic. Talk of future populations being in the millions can’t emerge from thin air. If it is the case that today, the broader Townsville population is approaching 200,000 persons, then at an annual rate of 3% growth (compounded, of course), it will take 50+ years to surpass the one million mark. Such a rate of growth would be, in and of itself, remarkable and in recent times unprecedented.

Townsville: 2070. In all likelihood, it will be a world that is vastly different to that with which we find so much familiarity today. The rhythms of life, its cadences and punctuation will be quite different to those that we take as natural. The shape of the urban world, by then, will take heed of these new rhythms and networks and flows.

Townsville: 2070 is a series of imaginative vignettes, that together tell a story about future possibilities. These possibilities may or may not become realities. But they are not beyond the realms of reasonable probability.


Imagining Future Possibilities