Plea to Truss for stadium funding
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.