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    Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland
    The Honourable Coralee O'Rourke

    Stadium managing contractor race heats up

    Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland
    The Honourable Coralee O'Rourke

    Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    Stadium managing contractor race heats up

    Competition is heating up for organisations putting in bids to become the managing contractor of the $250 million North Queensland Stadium, with the January 18 deadline fast approaching.

    Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland and Member for Mundingburra Coralee O’Rourke said around 60 businesses across the state had downloaded the EOI requirements from Queensland Government’s QTender website.

    “Submissions for the role of managing contractor need to be lodged electronically through the QTenders website before 2pm on the closing date of Wednesday, 18 January,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

    “We’re looking for a managing contractor who is able to deliver a world-class, 25,000 seat stadium and maximise opportunities for suitable local businesses to tender for work on the project.

    “One of our key objectives is to make sure local industry is given every opportunity to participate in the project’s procurement, to provide local employment and upskilling.

    “This massive project is expected to generate up to 750 jobs through the design and construction phases and create growth in the region’s construction, tourism, retail, commercial and hospitality industries.”

    Mrs O’Rourke said EOI submissions would be evaluated on:

    • capability and capacity
    • relevant experience, including experience in the Townsville region
    • local industry participation and training strategies, including strategies to maximise employment opportunities for the local Indigenous community
    • results on similar projects.

    Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said contending companies would be asked to outline their exposure and experience in the Townsville region. 

    “We are looking for a managing contractor that will maximise employment and training opportunities for local businesses and deliver a world-class facility for North Queensland,” Mr Stewart said.

    “Once the EOIs have been assessed by the project evaluation panel, a shortlist of companies will be invited to submit formal tenders for the managing contractor role in February. 

    “The managing contractor will be appointed by mid-year, and is expected to start letting work packages from mid to late 2017, with the stadium to be finished in time for the start of the 2020 NRL season.”

    Local businesses can continue to register their capabilities and interest for the North Queensland Stadium work packages at www.northqueenslandstadium.icn.org.au

    Media Contact:                                              Minister O’Rourke’s office                           3719 7170