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Townsville Youth Foyer

The Townsville Youth Foyer is designed to offer 40, self-contained apartments where young tenants can rent a home in a safe and secure environment, where they are supported to achieve their education and employment aspirations.

Young tenants are supported to gain essential life skills, so they can eventually move into mainstream accommodation and ongoing independence.

Mission Australia will manage the Townsville Youth Foyer and provide 24-hour support and supervision to the young tenants living there. Mission Australia has expertise in managing supported housing at other locations including in Logan and Cairns and have demonstrated their ability to achieve positive outcomes for young people.

Choosing the location

Young tenants living in Youth Foyers are working to achieve their education or employment aspirations and the location of a Youth Foyer is designed to support this.

Young tenants living in the Townsville Youth Foyer are not expected to have access to a private vehicle and will need to commute to study or work, so good access to public transport is a priority. Young tenants are also living independently, so they need to shop and cook for themselves.

The location of the Townsville Youth Foyer provides bus services within walking distance and is close to the shopping centre and other amenities.


The design of a Youth Foyer aims to balance the practical requirements of communal living with the need to positively support young tenants. This requires the right ‘mix’ of space where young tenants can learn to be independent, while still having the opportunity to engage with their peers and support providers as needed.

It’s important to have the right balance in functionality and liveability to promote positive outcomes, as well as the appropriate number of apartments to support the overall viability of the program.

The current design of the Townsville Youth Foyer was influenced by a two-part, co-design process with local stakeholders including:

  • Council representatives
  • the construction contractor
  • facility manager
  • current and former young tenants of a Youth Foyer.

Planning and approvals

Youth Foyers are generally considered public housing and planning and development considers the zoning of the land on which they are proposed to be built.

The proposal for the Townsville Youth Foyer was determined to be ‘not substantially inconsistent’ with the local government planning scheme. Under the Townsville City Plan 2014, any developments of up five stories in the region are code assessable and do not require public notification regardless of whether they are proposed by government, or a private developer. 

The proposed development is consistent with the Townsville City Plan which envisages the construction of medium density housing in Aitkenvale which has been identified as a key infill area with the local planning scheme allowing for buildings up to 5 storeys.

You can find out more about the Townsville City Plan for Aitkenvale (PDF, 2.1MB).

Supporting tenants

The Youth Foyer model is designed to encourage a safe, healthy and peaceful environment for young tenants and the community in which they live

For many of the young tenants living at the Youth Foyer, this will be the first time they have lived independently and away from family and other social support. The Youth Foyer’s 24-hour support gives young tenants comfort in knowing that support is close should they need it. 

Have your say

Thank you for your interest in the Townsville Youth Foyer. Consultation is now closed.

Between 12 March and 12 April 2019, we sought community feedback on the proposed Youth Foyer development.

This feedback is now being considered.

Thank you to all who participated.

Last updated 12 April 2019    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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