In 2020 the gates of the North Queensland Stadium will swing open in Townsville in time for the start of the National Rugby League season, but the $250 million project being delivered by the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning is already realising far-reaching benefits.
With main build works on the project set to begin in April, North Queenslanders will soon see the stadium rise from its foundations on the site located on the bank of the Ross Creek adjacent to the Townsville CBD.
When appointed as Managing Contractor in May 2017, Watpac committed to targeting 80% of construction hours being delivered by locals and 80% of the value of construction being spent on local contractors and suppliers. To date the proportion of trade packages let to local subcontractors and suppliers stands at 92 per cent, with local subcontractors having delivered 95.4 per cent of construction hours. That equates to more than $37 million invested in local businesses since the project began.
The Stadium will have a 33,000 m2 footprint and contain 33,100 m3 of concrete, 4,000 tonnes of steel and 5,400 tonnes of reinforcement; with a structure of this scale there are many opportunities for local businesses to get involved.
With that in mind it is likely more local contractors and suppliers will join the 291 North Queensland businesses already engaged in the extended supply chain as the main build trade packages are progressively awarded in line with the project program.
Along with delivering a world-class stadium, this project supports the long-term diversification and growth of Townsville by positioning it as a major regional city underpinned by sporting excellence, events capability and distinct tourism opportunities.
The North Queensland Stadium is a joint project of the Queensland Government, Australian Government and Townsville City Council and is supported by both the National Rugby League and the North Queensland Cowboys. The stadium forms part of the Townsville City Deal signed in December 2016.
For more information on the North Queensland Stadium visit www.dsdmip.qld.gov.au/nqs
North Queensland consultants, contractors and suppliers appointed to the project to date are:
- Advantage Signs
- Ausco Modular
- Australian Indigenous
- Security Services
- Australian Reinforcing Company
- Brazier Motti
- Chubb Secure Cleaning Services
- Counterpoint Architecture
- GPB Constructions
- Jackson Semler
- James Cook University Wind Testing Station
- Mark Graham Electrical
- Markwell Demolitions
- Mendi Construction
- NQ Reo
- Otis Elevator Company
- Rapid Pre-Cast
- RPS Engineers
- SPD Contracting
- TFH Hire Services
- Thomas Steel Fabrications