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

    Delivered – Palaszczuk Government underlines NQ Stadium commitment

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

    Thursday, August 10, 2017

    Delivered – Palaszczuk Government underlines NQ Stadium commitment

    The $250 million North Queensland Stadium featured again in Parliament today, as the Palaszczuk Government detailed the delivery of 87 per cent of its election commitments.

    State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham told Parliament that five work packages worth three-quarters-of-a-million-dollars had all been contracted to local companies.

    “We told the people of North Queensland at the election that we would contribute $100 million towards the stadium, and we are in fact over-delivering with $140 million,” he said.

    “The first sod will be turned on site next Friday, 18 August and this will officially kick off the construction phase of the project, following early preparation works on-site over the past couple of weeks.

    “We are continuing to do everything we can to give local businesses and workers every opportunity to work on the stadium.

    “It’s been said before and I’m going to keep saying it because it is important: this stadium is being built by the people of North Queensland, for the people of North Queensland.”

    Dr Lynham said Watpac was expected to award the biggest of the early works packages, the civil works and roadworks package, later this month.

    By the time the North Queensland Stadium is completed for the start of the 2020 NRL season, Watpac estimates that more than 2000 people will have worked on the stadium project during design and construction.

    Of these jobs, Watpac has committed to targeting 6.6 per cent of the workforce to be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

    View the progress report.

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