North Queensland stadium grandstand starts to take shape

The centrepiece of the Townsville City Deal will reach a critical milestone today with the first seating platforms installed at the North Queensland Stadium.

Signed in December 2016, the Townsville City Deal paved the way for the new stadium which alone has resulted in $100 million invested in local industry spanning more than 390 local businesses.

Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said the Morrison Government was committed to delivering for the people of Townsville through creating more local jobs and building a more innovative and connected city.

“This milestone is another significant step closer as Townsville fans gear up to cheer on the Cowboys in the new North Queensland Stadium for the 2020 NRL season,” Mr Tudge said.

“The Morrison Government is proud it can help bring this world-class Stadium to the community of Townsville that will be enjoyed for generations to come.”

Queensland Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni said the locally fabricated pre-cast concrete seating platforms that were being installed on the western grandstand would totally transform the site.

“This venue is about to start looking distinctly like a world-class stadium under construction,” Mr de Brenni said.

In total, about 2000 pre-fabricated seating platforms will be manufactured for the stadium by local company Jackson Semler.

The platforms, measuring up to 13.2m and weighing between 8 and 8.4 tonnes each, are being fitted to large steel-rakers that form the skeleton of the seating bowl.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said she was thrilled to see the major progress being made on the North Queensland Stadium—which will transform and revitalise the city centre.

“The installation of the seating platforms shows the North Queensland Stadium taking shape and demonstrates the amount of work being done on the site,” Cr Hill said.

“There will be 25,000 seats fixed to the seating platforms; seats that till be filled with fans for the 2020 NRL season and major entertainment acts the perform in Townsville.

“There won't be a bad seat in the new stadium.

“Importantly, the stadium has the capacity to be expanded by another 5000 seats if the demand for extra capacity is there.”

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said it was pleasing to see the project progressing on schedule with a predominantly local workforce driving the activity.

“To date we have seen about 98.5 per cent of the 188,748 construction hours completed by locals, which puts us ahead on the project's target of 80 per cent of hours,” Mr Stewart said.

“With 38 out of the 46 trade packages awarded to date engaging local businesses, our commitment to have North Queenslanders build the stadium is being realised.

“We expect high levels of local industry participation to continue as the stadium moves towards peak construction, when up to 400 workers will be on-site daily.”

The North Queensland Stadium is jointly funded by the Australian Government, the Queensland Government and Townsville City Council with support from the National Rugby League and the North Queensland Cowboys.