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About the project

The project vision is to develop a vibrant new stadium that:

  • attracts visitors and investment
  • celebrates Townsville's tropical climate
  • values the water-edge environment
  • delivers high quality public spaces
  • supports urban regeneration.


The project objectives are:

  • deliver a new best-practice, multi-purpose, regional stadium in Townsville by the commencement of the 2020 National Rugby League season
  • maximise employment and supply opportunities for the people of Townsville and the North Queensland region.


The North Queensland Stadium project is anticipated to be a catalyst directly and indirectly stimulating change that will benefit Townsville and the North Queensland region.

These changes include:

Expanding North Queensland infrastructure

  • providing a nationally-recognised sports stadium with world-class sustainable urban design and architecture, and a uniquely 'North Queensland' identity

Supporting jobs and flow-on economic benefits

  • supporting regional employment and supply chain investment during design and construction, and later during operation of the stadium
  • attracting broader investment and economic development to Townsville in the long term, as a major regional city supporting further job growth

Fostering urban regeneration and enhanced liveability

  • transforming and activating places and spaces as an urban attraction that draws people to Townsville's city heart
  • promoting active experiences and social interaction including a broad range of sporting and cultural activities

Raising the profile of North Queensland region

  • attracting investment to the region underpinned by sporting excellence, events capability, distinct tourism offerings for domestic and international visitors, and strong and diverse local economies.


The North Queensland Stadium project is on schedule to be completed in time for the start of the 2020 National Rugby League (NRL) season.

Early works have been completed and the build of the main superstructure is now underway.

Project milestones

These dates are subject to inclement weather events, latent site conditions and other unforeseen issues.



Principal Consultant, Audit Programmer and Audit Quantity Surveyor appointed

19 December 2016

Schematic Design commenced

4 April 2017

Managing Contractor announced

1 May 2017

Expressions of interest invited for early works packages by Watpac via ICN Gateway

2 June 2017

Letting of work packages by Watpac commenced

21 June 2017

Preparatory site works commenced

13 July 2017

Civil earthworks and roadworks commenced

21 August 2017

Schematic Design completed

23 August 2017

Developed Design complete

Late 2017

Early site works complete

30 April 2018

Main stadium build commenced

1 May 2018

Stadium complete

Early 2020

Project delivery team

The delivery of the North Queensland Stadium project is being led by the Department of Housing and Public Works with an experienced team of contractors and consultants including:

  • Managing Contractor: Watpac
  • Principal Consultant: Cox Architecture
  • Audit Quantity Surveyor: AECOM
  • Audit Programmer: RCP.


The North Queensland Stadium site is located within the Townsville City Waterfront Priority Development Area adjacent to the Townsville Central Business District, between Ross Creek and Saunders Street.

View a map of the North Queensland Stadium site​.

Stakeholder engagement and communication

The Government is committed to continuing to work closely with our project partners and stakeholders throughout the design and construction of the North Queensland Stadium.

Information about the project and its progress will be regularly shared here.

General enquiries about the project should be directed to the Department of Housing and Public Works:​.

Enquiries about construction activities on site should be directed to Watpac:​​​​

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