Early works packages released for North Queensland Stadium
The State Department has been busy urging North Queensland businesses to register for the first on-the-ground work packages for the A$250m North Queensland Stadium.
State Development Minister, Dr Anthony Lynham, said subcontractors and suppliers needed to register again to be in the running for the 27 early works packages released by managing contractor Watpac last Friday.
Dr Lynham said:
Everyone who has registered expressions of interest has to review and renew their EOIs. Every effort is being made to email and call the early birds to check the new, detailed packages Watpac has released. Even if you have lodged EOIs for the early indicative work packages, it’s important to get back online on the ICN Gateway again.
Federal Assistant Minister for Cities, Angus Taylor, said as Australia’s first City Deal, the Townsville City Deal was an important template for local job creation. He added:
I again congratulate the North Queensland Stadium contractors for setting inspiring local job targets. All parties to the City Deal have heard loud and clear from Townsville that getting people into work locally is a top priority.
Early works will deliver jobs in demolition, temporary fencing, temporary hydraulics, construction of temporary on-site amenities, civil works, mobile crane hire, cleaning services and licenced traffic control managers.
Dr Lynham advised:
This is the first of many employment milestones for the stadium project as we head toward Watpac’s estimate of employing more than 2,000 people during design and construction. Now is the time for local suppliers and subcontractors with relevant experience, capacity and capability to submit expressions of interest for the packages they are interested in.
Townsville-based firms already working on the stadium project include:
- structural, civil, traffic and acoustic engineers Arup
- wind engineers at James Cook University
- Douglas Partners, for geotechnical services
- Parker Hydraulic Consulting Group
- RPS, for surveying and landscaping services
- quantity surveyor AECOM
- project programmer RCP
The North Queensland Stadium is a joint project of the Australian Government, Queensland Government and Townsville City Council, and is supported by both the National Rugby League (NRL) and the North Queensland Cowboys. The North Queensland Stadium forms part of the Townsville City Deal signed in 2016.
Dr Lynham said further trade packages would be released over the coming months with the total number of trade packages expected to reach approximately 80.
Information sessions will be held on June 13 and 14 to help contractors through the process of registering for work on the stadium and other local opportunities.
To view the trade packages and register EOIs, visit northqueenslandstadium.
Image of North Queensland Stadium courtesy: Townsville City Council