THE $250 million North Queensland Stadium has reached another milestone after Townsville City Council last week issued development approval for the construction of the 25,000-seat stadium and associated upgrades to public spaces.
With early works for the project already under way, Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the development approval allows major construction to commence. Watpac has been appointed managing contractor to build the stadium, which is located at 17-49 Saunders Street, Railway Estate, Townsville.
The stadium is a joint project of the Australian Government, Queensland Government and Townsville City Council and forms part of the Townsville City Deal signed in 2016. The City Deal contains measures to support job creation, economic growth, investment in local infrastructure, a revitalised urban centre, and a more vibrant and liveable city.
Early works on the stadium were carried out with an exemption under the Townsville City Waterfront Priority Development Area (PDA). The PDA covers more than 97 hectares of land on both sides of Ross Creek directly adjacent to Townsville's Central Business District.
"The stadium will revitalise the CBD and has already helped to attract the city's first high-end hotel in decades, which will be built next door," Cr Hill said. "Townsville is already seeing the economic benefits from the stadium and they will only increase as more jobs come online as construction ramps up."
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick welcomed the next stage in the development assessment of the construction of the Townsville stadium.
"Economic Development Queensland has undertaken a significant job in providing advice on the relevant State interests, and liaised with the departments of Transport and Main Roads, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Environment and Heritage Protection, Defence and Townsville Airport to ensure all State interests were addressed," he said.
The stadium is due be to finished in time for the start of the 2020 NRL season.