New tourism infrastructure lights up the heart of Townsville
Published Tuesday, 09 June, 2020 at 01:00 PM
Treasurer, Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
The Honourable Cameron Dick
Townsville’s newest and biggest attraction is set to light up north Queensland skies even more, with the installation of two ‘solar trees’ at the North Queensland Stadium precinct.
Treasurer Cameron Dick today announced $6.5 million in state funding for the beautification project, with Townsville City Council contributing $1.5 million.
"The solar trees installation is set to stand as another unique tourism attraction for the city and region, and will create around 120 direct and indirect jobs during construction," Mr Dick said.
"The project will see two solar trees ranging from eight-to-12 metres tall installed along Ross Creek between North Queensland Stadium and Townsville city centre, including a 'rain tree' that will provide an interactive water experience.
“The new stadium is a game-changer and a job-creator for north Queensland, and this project will help maximise it even further.
"We want to attract more world-class sporting events and performances to the region, and to encourage more visitors to this beautiful part of our state."
Minister for State Development, Tourism and Innovation Kate Jones said the investment aligns with the Townsville North Queensland Destination Tourism Plan's priorities.
“We know how important tourism is to north Queensland, especially as we emerge from the impacts of COVID-19," Ms Jones said.
“The Palaszczuk Government has a plan to Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs, and that means building new infrastructure, strengthening our existing industries and supporting growth industries.”
Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the solar trees would provide many benefits.
“The North Queensland Stadium is the heart of Townsville, and this new attraction will enliven the area for tourists and locals alike," Mr Stewart said.
“Growing jobs in the region means growing our tourist offerings, and this project ticks both boxes.”
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said tourism infrastructure projects like the solar trees would have a huge impact on the local economy and activate the CBD.
“Initial estimates have shown this project could inject $8 million into our local economy and support almost 120 direct and indirect jobs, which is a huge boost to our construction industry on the back of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Cr Hill said.
“This is a completely unique attraction that is perfect for our region thanks to using solar power to run. It will encourage those visiting the stadium to make the walk to the CBD just to experience such a beautiful visual show.
“Central Park is a crucial link from the stadium precinct to the CBD, and it’s projects like this that will provide a flow-on benefit for our local restaurants, accommodation and retailers as people come to the city.”
The project is expected to take nine months to complete and will commence construction in July.
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