Plea to Truss for sta­dium fund­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - AN­THONY GAL­LOWAY

CITY lead­ers have ap­pealed di­rectly to Deputy Prime Min­is­ter War­ren Truss to ac­cess fund­ing for a su­per sta­dium on the banks of Ross Creek.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill, Townsville En­ter­prise chief ex­ec­u­tive Pa­tri­cia O’Cal­laghan and Port of Townsville chief ex­ec­u­tive Ra­nee Crosby met with Mr Truss last night dur­ing his visit to the city.

Mayor Jenny Hill said fund­ing a new sta­dium and con­ven­tion cen­tre was in­te­gral to at­tract­ing pri­vate in­vest­ment to trans­form the banks of Ross Creek into a world- class wa­ter­front precinct.

It comes as the de­vel­op­ment scheme for the 97ha Ross Creek Pri­or­ity De­vel­op­ment Area, which will stream­line ap­provals for the precinct, is set to be re­leased next week.

“I said to the Deputy Prime Min­is­ter, Sen­a­tor Ian Macdonald and Her­bert MP Ewen Jones this is a cat­alytic project that will kick off wa­ter­front pri­or­ity de­vel­op­ment area and we would be seek­ing sup­port from them,” Cr Hill said.

“They are re­cep­tive but we’ve still got to wait for the State Govern­ment to com­plete mas­ter­plan­ning of the project and that will give us the op­por­tu­nity to take it to other lev­els of govern­ment.”

The State Govern­ment has com­mit­ted $ 100 mil­lion to the sta­dium com­po­nent of the project, es­ti­mated to cost about $ 200 mil­lion. Townsville City Coun­cil and Port of Townsville, the ma­jor landown­ers in the pri­or­ity de­vel­op­ment area, are form­ing an own­er­ship group to be­gin leas­ing land to de­vel­op­ers.

Ms O’Cal­laghan said the group was also push­ing for more com­mit­ments out of the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s re­cently re­leased North­ern Aus­tralia White Pa­per.

She said se­cur­ing fund­ing for the Townsville East­ern Ac­cess Rail Cor­ri­dor and ir­ri­gated agriculture projects on the Bur­dekin River would be the first pri­or­i­ties.

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