CONSTRUCTION is now officially under way on the $250 million North Queensland Stadium in Townsville, with all three levels government on site last week to mark the turning of the sod.
The project will deliver a 25,000-seat, purpose-built, regional stadium at 17-49 Saunders Street, Railway Estate, Townsville, in time for the commencement of the 2020 NRL season. It is being supported by a $100 million contribution from the Australian Government as part of the Townsville City Deal.
Watpac was appointed managing contractor for the project earlier this year, and a number of trade packages have been awarded to local companies: temporary fencing (TFH Hire Services), shade cloth provision (Advantage Signs), project surveying (Brazier Motti), dilapidation surveying (Brazier Motti), demolition (Markwell Demolitions) and civil earthworks and roadworks (Mendi Constructions).
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said getting the project to this stage was a clear demonstration of all the parties' commitment to Townsville. "Breaking ground is an exciting time for the Townsville community as it will unlock hundreds of jobs and flow on benefits to the region during construction and beyond," she said.
"The Managing Contractor Watpac has worked hard to reach this significant milestone to ensure the project remains on track to deliver the Stadium on time for the 2020 NRL season."
"One of my government's key objectives has been to ensure this project delivers real benefits to local business and creates local jobs.
"Supporting our objective is Watpac's plan to ensure at least 80 percent of the hours spent building the stadium will be done by locals, and at least 80 percent of the project's value being spent on local subcontractors and suppliers."
Federal Assistant Minister for Cities Angus Taylor said he was delighted to be in Townsville encouraging more investment through the City Deal.
"Fundamentally, the City Deal is a commitment to deliver for Townsville - more investment in local infrastructure, more contracts for local businesses and more jobs for local workers," Mr Taylor said.
The City Deal aims to deliver an integrated package of initiatives to make Townsville more attractive to investors, increase jobs and growth, and revitalise the city, including the creation of a new Townsville Development Corporation to deliver urban renewal.
The North Queensland Stadium is a joint project of the Australian Government, Queensland Government and Townsville City Council and is supported by both the National Rugby League and the North Queensland Cowboys.