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Commitment

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.

Responsibilities

Led by the Queensland Government in collaboration with Townsville City Council and the Australian Government.

Progress to Date

The main stadium build commenced on 1 May 2018, and 33 percent of the construction is now complete (as at 14 January 2019).

The North Queensland Stadium continues to deliver jobs and opportunities for local businesses and industry with over 99 percent of construction hours completed by local subcontractors. In addition, 42 of the 52 trade packages released so far have been let to locals and the total number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander construction employees represents 15.9 percent of the total workforce, exceeding the target of 6.6 percent that was set for the project.

Next Steps

Construction will continue through 2019, and is on schedule to be finished in time for the 2020 NRL Premiership Season.

The Queensland Government will also work with Townsville City Council and key stakeholders to identify strategies and further opportunities to attract major events to the North Queensland Stadium beyond NRL Premiership games.