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Some exciting things are happening in North Queensland. 

Watch these fabulous intro videos from our Townsville Regional Champion - Ricky Esterquest.

About Townsville & North Queensland

The Townsville & North Queensland Region has a population of 231,628 and covers 80,041 km2 stretching from the Great Barrier Reef Islands and is bordered by Mt Isa in the west, Hinchinbrook to the north, Burdekin to the south and Paluma National Park in the north-west. Townsville, the largest city in the region, has a population of 200,000+ and is a major gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, the Wet Tropics and the Queensland outback. It has a proud heritage founded on strong agriculture and resources sectors, Australia’s largest military base, a major international port, and world-class educational institutions.

Future growth areas for Townsville & the North Queensland region include: Mining & Minerals, Tropical Sciences, International Education & Training, Renewable Energy, Food & Agribusiness, health care and social assistance, and construction. The Social Enterprise Network of Townsville & North Queensland is a network of Social Entrepreneurs, Social Enterprises, and supporters of Social Entrepreneurship with a mission to connect, inform, and empower social enterprise in Townsville & North Queensland to achieve social impact through business.

Themes of the Townsville & North Queensland Region

Meaningful Work: Opportunities for all Queenslanders, especially those traditionally not included in the workforce, to contribute through employment that is meaningful, valued, and long term.

Environment: Contribute positively to the planet and leave the Earth better off now and in the future.

Inclusion: Promote, connect, or provide valued opportunities for people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalised to contribute to everyday community life.

Health: Initiatives that support aspects of health: physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and intellectual.

Next Generation: Developing the Social Entrepreneurs of the future to contribute positively to people and planet through Social Enterprise.

Regional Champion: Ricky Esterquest

Ricky Esterquest is the current Regional Champion for the Townsville & North QLD Region. Ricky is currently the Managing Partner of Towards Better, a boutique social enterprise that brings out the best in individuals with disabilities and communities through “Good Life” strategies. Ricky brings his dynamic leadership, community connectedness and wealth of experiences to this role. He has experience leading businesses in a variety of areas including not for profit, food services & hospitality and training & education. Ricky is passionate about social change particularly for marginalised groups of people such as individuals with disabilities, refugees, older adults, individuals experiencing homelessness, people with mental health needs or people with prior justice system involvement. As Regional Champion, Ricky believes that the region is only as good as the sum of all its parts. Therefore, he is committed to ensuring that the fantastic skills, gifts and passions of the individuals, businesses and communities in the region are uncovered, connected, and empowered to create lasting social impact.


Upcoming events in this Region

Networks in this Region

Social Enterprise Network Townsville & North Queensland (SENTNQ)


"An ecosystem that creates opportunities for North Queenslanders to make positive impact through Social Enterprise that benefits people and planet".

SENTNQ Themes:

  1. Meaningful Work
  2. Environment
  3. Inclusion
  4. Health
  5. Next Generation

Pictures of our Townsville community...

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