Townsville’s ‘road to Paris’ moment: the slow greening of an Adani stronghold

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After years of a ‘coal-first’ mentality, the Queensland town is starting to see a future for itself as a green-energy powerhouse

“Adani was about the here and now for the community,” says Townsville’s mayor, Jenny Hill, reflecting on a decade spent championing the thermal coal project as a way to reduce the city’s high unemployment rate.

“There were no jobs. There was no interest in manufacturing. It was important to give the community hope for the future.”

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