Cranes have lifted 36 roof trusses into place on the North Queensland Stadium, signalling the construction works are nearing completion.
The Pandanus plant-inspired roof of the North Queensland Stadium aims to be one of the most iconic parts of the venue, which has been fitted with ultraviolet light resistant Teflon-coated fabric.
It has been designed to withstand North Queensland’s extreme weather, and had engineering input from experts at James Cook University’s Cyclone Testing Station, who have done extensive wind-load testing.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said stadium would put Townsville on the map for major events.
“Whether you’re looking out from Castle Hill or driving up Saunders Street, this entire community can see and feel this world class stadium coming together,” she said.
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Federal Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge said the stadium’s progress was exciting.
“This stadium is going to be an absolute game changer so it’s exciting for the Townsville community to be able to see it taking shape before their eyes,” Tudge said.
“There’s no doubt the stadium will become an events centre piece that will be enjoyed for many years to come.”
Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said installation of the trusses had been undertaken by 30 local workers.
“The North Queensland Stadium is being built for North Queenslanders, by North Queenslanders,” Stewart said.
“Installing the roof has been a carefully calculated operation because each of the 36 trusses of the roof has a different geometry, but it’s all come together safely and smoothly and will stand the test of time,” he said.
“The trusses are made from Australian steel and were trucked in and assembled on site before being lifted into place. Additionally, 488 businesses have now been engaged in the extended supply chain for this project, so the flow-on economic benefits for Townsville are quite significant.”
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill is excited to see the roof now dominating the city skyline.
“We’re a major step closer to completing one of Townsville’s most valuable assets with the ability to attract both local and major international events,” she said.
“The opening Sir Elton John Concert on 29 February 2020, then the first North Queensland Cowboys’ home game on 13 March 2020 will really raise the roof and give North Queenslanders something to celebrate.”
The stadium project is a joint initiative of the Queensland Government, Federal Government and Townsville City Council, supported by the National Rugby League and the North Queensland Cowboys.