To deliver the North Queensland Stadium in time for the start of the 2020 National Rugby League season. This project will be a catalyst for revitalisation of the Townsville CBD and Waterfront PDA, support jobs growth and skills development in the construction, services, tourism, retail, commercial and hospitality industries, and deliver high quality public spaces and urban regeneration.
Progress to date
The North Queensland Stadium project is already delivering jobs and opportunities for local businesses and industry. Construction has commenced on the $250 million project with the first turning of the sod on 18 August 2017. The appointment of the design team in December 2016 included nine specialist consultancies with offices in Townsville, ensuring local employment and placing the region’s know-how at the heart of the design process.
On 1 May 2017, Watpac was announced as the Managing Contractor and is now implementing a plan that targets at least 80% of hours spent building the stadium to be by locals and at least 80% of the value of the project to be spent on local subcontractors and suppliers.
Next steps and milestones
Over the next 12 months more work packages will be awarded and new work packages released providing further opportunities for local employment. The main stadium build is due for commencement in early 2018.
Q1 2018 — Main stadium build commences.
Q1 2020 — Project completion.
Led by the Queensland Government in collaboration with Townsville City Council and the Commonwealth.