STADIUM IS GO ACCORDING T O ALL THE SIGNS
THE demolition of existing structures on the site of Townsville’s new stadium is set to start as tenders are awarded by managing contractor Watpac in coming weeks.
Watpac’s northern region manager Bryan Glancy said the company was on its way to achieving a minimum of 80 per cent local business participation.
Mr Glancy visited the grounds yesterday to mark the awarding of the first two trades packages to local businesses Brazier Motti and Advantage Signs.
“Both are well- known subcontractors and we’re delighted to be working with them,” Mr Glancy said. “With our local participation, our efforts have worked really hard in getting those numbers to be 80 per cent.”
Brazier Motti will undertake an assessment of the stadium land and adjoining areas with Advantage Signs to design, manufacture and install printed graphic shade cloth to the stadium site’s fencing.
Mr Glancy said demolition on the site would take place next.
“That’s going to tender ... all of the tenders are local,” he said.
“Then there will be some civil works. We’re trying to push the design so that we can get people on the ground as early as we can. The design will be completed totally by the end of the year.”
Mr Glancy again quashed claims Beenleigh Steel had been awarded a major steel contract for the stadium.
“We will be working with the local businesses as best we can to get that steel erected locally,” he said.
Minister for State Development Dr Anthony Lynham said 27 work packages were “almost ready to go”.
“As we roll out those signs that means we’re rolling out the North Queensland stadium,” he said.
“This is the North Queensland stadium built by North Queenslanders for North Queensland.”
ON THE WAY: Mayor Jenny Hill with the shadecloth signage at the stadium site yesterday.
State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham.