STA­DIUM IS GO AC­CORD­ING T O ALL THE SIGNS

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DOMANII CAMERON

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.”

Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

ON THE WAY: Mayor Jenny Hill with the shade­cloth sig­nage at the sta­dium site yes­ter­day.

State De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Dr An­thony Lyn­ham.

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