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The Queensland Government engaged Watpac as managing contractor for the North Queensland Stadium project.

In May 2018, Watpac started the main superstructure build, which is on track for completion by the start of the 2020 National Rugby League Premiership Season.

Activities on site currently include:

Construction of the western stand that will accommodate the player, corporate and media facilities is currently the most-advanced, with the other stands also progressing well.

Pre-cast concrete and steel elements are being manufactured and stockpiled off site. As the construction program moves forward these elements are being moved to the site and installed.

Current construction notices

Key project statistics

These key statistics demonstrate the project’s commitment to local industry participation (as at 12 February 2019)



Delivery time

On schedule for completion by early 2020

Delivery cost

On budget

Number of site inductions completed


Proportion of people inducted that live in North Queensland region


Total construction work hours (since site works commenced on 13 July 2017)

414,875 hours

Construction hours by local subcontractors (Target: at least 80 per cent of hours spent building the stadium to be by locals)


Construction workforce who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (Target: 6.6 per cent of construction workforce)


Total training hours completed (overall)​

101,014 hours

Training hours by locals

100,180 hours

Training hours by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

65,798 hours

Current number of apprentices and trainees on project (on site and off site)


Number of apprentices and trainees who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people


Construction progress

North Queensland Stadium progress as at 29 September 2018. Overall project 22%. Western stand 22%. Southern stand 18%. Eastern stand 15%. Northern seating terrace 6%. Field of play 10%. Surrounding promenades and landscaping 12%
North Queensland Stadium progress as at 31 January 2019
A Watpac employee stands on site holding a remote-controlled drone  
A drone is regularly used to capture aerial footage of the stadium​​

View our gallery of clips that shows what Stu sees when he flies the Watpac drone over the site.​


Last updated 01 March 2019    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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