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    Treasurer, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt
    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham
    Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland
    The Honourable Coralee O'Rourke

    North Queensland Stadium another step closer to kick-off

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Treasurer, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt

    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham

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

    Friday, February 10, 2017

    North Queensland Stadium another step closer to kick-off

    Three high profile construction giants with Townsville offices are in the running to build the $250 million North Queensland Stadium.

    State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham today announced that CPB Contractors, Watpac Construction, and Lendlease Building will be invited to tender next week for the managing contractor role.

    “These three have Townsville offices with a track record of delivering on major projects in North Queensland and, most importantly, they all have impressive strategies to make sure local businesses get every opportunity to be involved in this project,” Dr Lynham said.

    “We are right on schedule to appoint one of these three by early April and have early works underway in the second half of 2017.”

    Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke said the government was delivering on its commitment to the North.

    “This is a stadium for North Queensland, built by North Queensland, as we said it would be,” she said.

    “That’s why we are contributing $140 million towards this game-changing project.”

    Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the stadium was forecast to create up to 750 jobs, plus business opportunities, as well as revitalise the Townsville CBD.

    “I was thrilled to be in Townsville in December to announce local architects 9Point9 were part of the Cox Architecture-led team chosen to deliver a Pandanus tree-inspired design for the $250 million North Queensland Stadium,” Mr Pitt said.

    “This project is a key component of the Palaszczuk Government’s wider commitment to advancing North Queensland, with more than $2.4 billion in infrastructure improvements allocated in NQ in the 2016-17 State Budget.

    “We promised to end years of economic instability under the LNP by delivering local jobs and creating local opportunities – and we are delivering on that promise.”

    Member for Townsville Scott Stewart welcomed progress and also the continuing interest of NQ businesses in working on the project.

    “As of Thursday morning 167North Queensland companies havesubmitted expressions of interest in working on this project,” he said.

    “That’s around 40 per cent of all EOIs to date, which means that our message – to step up and be part of this – is getting through loud and clear.”

    Member for Thuringowa Aaron Harper said seven businesses with local offices had already been brought on board to work on the stadium design with principal consultant Cox Architecture. They are

    “The design team is working closely with key stakeholders including Townsville City Council, the NRL, Stadiums Queensland and the North Queensland Cowboys,” he said.

    “We should have detailed design for North Queensland by September.”  

    The North Queensland Stadium is a joint project of the Queensland Government, Australian Government and Townsville City Council and is supported by the National Rugby League (NRL). The stadium forms part of the Townsville City Deal signed in December 2016.

    ENDS

    Media inquiries:                   

    Minister O’Rourke’s office: Neva Woolmer 0408 317 992

    Minister Lynham’s office: Jan Martin0439 341 314