Milestone in NQ Stadium Construction
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk inspected construction progress in Townsville today with Federal Member for Herbert Philip Thompson, Member for Townsville Scott Stewart, Member for Thuringowa Aaron Harper as well as Mayor Jenny Hill.
Ms Palaszczuk said the complex design of the stadium’s roof had not been attempted before on such a scale.
“The horseshoe-shaped roof will cover about 75 per cent of the stadium’s 25,000 seats, all of which offer a fantastic experience for fans,” she said.
“Construction is on budget and on track for the stadium to open in time for the 2020 NRL season opener, which is a credit to the contractor and to the local workforce.
“It’s also been great to learn in the last week that Sir Elton John will play here as part of celebrations ahead of next year’s opening match.”
Ms Palaszczuk said local businesses had been awarded more than $139 million in trade packages, and there have been 461 local businesses engaged in the extended supply chain.”
Mendi Group awarded Pitch Works packageIt was announced today that Townsville’s Mendi Group would deliver the Pitch Works package for the project.
Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said Mendi Group was already working to deliver earthworks and roadworks on site.
“The pitch works include irrigation and subsoil drainage systems and will enable this local company to expand its local workforce as well as its expertise,” he said.
Mendi Group Director Jeff Doyle said the stadium had been a boon for his business, which had been working on site since 2017.
“Since we began on-site, we have been able to employ an additional 23 staff, including six apprentices and trainees,” he said.
“This ongoing work has provided great security of employment for our local workforce who are now upskilling in new areas, and we have also been able to engage our local supply chain by offering components of our work to other local subcontractors and suppliers.”
Other major works being conducted on-site include upper seating bowl platforms in the eastern stand, as well as services cabling, external façade work and glazing for windows and doors in the eastern stand.
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