Why you?ll want to move to North Queensland in 2017

If you are fed up with the daily commute, the crowds and the same-old projects in major cities, could a change in pace and a career boost be on the cards for you? Google North Queensland and you will find thousands of photos of crystal clear water, picturesque beaches and tropical rainforests ? but here is what the tourism board won’t tell you:


Artist’s render of the Aquis development (source)

Projects are starting to ramp up in North Queensland this year, driven by the governments? decisions to kickstart funding towards much-needed infrastructure investment and upgrades across the region. The area’s biggest projects will improve the area’s energy capabilities, roads, railways and infrastructure. But they are going to need the engineering expertise to pull it all off. Here’s a quick overview of some of the biggest projects on the radar:

  • $8.15b Aquis Resort, sports and recreation precinct, convention centre and casino development
  • $250m North QLD Stadium design and construction
  • $515m Haughton River Bridge project
  • Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor project (recently received commitment to fund business case)
  • Peak Downs Highway – including $189m for Eton Range crossing
  • $8.5b in improvements and upgrades to the Bruce Highway, including $565m for Mackay Ring Road
  • $13.5m contract for Kennedy Developmental Road from Hughenden to The Lynd
  • $189m widening of Eton Range crossing on Peak Downs Highway
  • Townsville Port expansion
  • $58m widening of Bruce Highway between Robert Road and Foster Road
  • $780m Beerburrum to Nambour rail upgrade

Housing Market


If you?re looking to make a move to Townsville, now is the right time to snatch up a property. Due to a slowdown in resource sector investment in the region last year, vacancy rates have risen up to 6% which translates to a high availability of quality housing, cheaper house prices and rents. In Cairns, median house prices and rents are still on the rise after a strong 2016; welcome news for any investors looking to develop in high-growth suburbs Trinity Beach, Earlville and Bungalow. Despite the contrast in movement over the two housing markets, they share one thing in common: the median house and rent prices are still low enough to make anyone in Brisbane and Sydney jealous. 

Sources: Domain 2016Domain 2017RealEstate.com



In general, life up north is a little more relaxed. The sun shines for more hours in a day, the cities aren’t as crowded, and nobody wears neckties. If you’ve ever met anyone that grew up in North Queensland, the first things they will mention are:

1.      The beach

2.      The rainforests

3.      Fishing/diving/sailing or a combination of all three

4.      The heat

With some of the world’s best beaches at their doorstep, there is no denying our northern neighbours are a lucky bunch. Can you imagine what you would do with your days off and weekends when world listed heritage sites aren’t a world away? If you are scouting out a move up north, here are a few activities to add to your bucket list:

Watching this year’s Rugby League World Cup three pool matches in Cairns

If you think a move up north might be on the cards, we currently have positions available across Cairns and Townsville:

Senior Civil Engineer – Roads – Townsville

A unique opportunity to join a leading engineering consultancy that likes to do things a little differently. ?Constantly innovating?, ?proud to work for them? and ?everyone pulling in the same direction? are some of the comments made by their staff. Employee-owned, they are looking for a 2IC to oversee their Roads and Highways capability.

Senior Highways Engineer – Cairns

Boasting a great pipeline of work, you will be involved in the full project lifecycle for this award-winning consultancy. Roads and highways are their speciality, but keeping people at the forefront of their game is their passion. This is an outstanding opportunity to join an amazing company, with a great management team to help you really make something of you career based in FNQ.

Civil Drafter – Townsville                                                          If you are an up and coming Civil Drafter with a couple of years? experience we can offer you the chance to experience life in sunny tropical Queensland whilst working for a company that prides itself on developing its staff.

Senior Designer (12d) – Cairns

Independently owned and independently minded. If you are currently working for a consultancy that focuses on billable hours to the point you spend more time trying to fill in your timesheet than doing design, then read on. I have a great role in Cairns for a 12d designer where you will be challenged and busy on projects – not busy trying to allocate your hours.

Civil Engineer Townsville and Cairns

If you have between 4 ? 7 years? experience within Civil Engineering and are looking for a company that will invest in your development and get you involved on a wide range of projects I would be keen to speak with you.

Project Engineer – Townsville         

If construction supervision is your thing, I currently have a role working for a leading consultancy on a number of rural road projects. This role can be offered on either a permanent or contract basis.

This is only a small selection of the roles we have in and around NQ and FNQ. If you are based interstate and getting fed up with the cost of living and hustle and bustle of the major cities I would be keen to talk to you. You can reach me via paul@peopleconnexion.com or on (07) 3333 1511.

Opportunities exist for all levels of engineering and designer roles within road, ports, rail and urban development. Relocation assistance will be provided if needed. 

– Paul Hansford, Principal Consultant

Thumbnail photo source: Cox Architecture (http://bit.ly/2ksNwDh)

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