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The Department of State Development is leading the delivery of the North Queensland Stadium Project which is expected to support up to 750 jobs throughout the design and construction stages.

With a total project budget of $250 million, the centrally located 25,000 seat, best-practice, multi-purpose, regional stadium will be built in Townsville, in time for the start of the 2020 National Rugby League (NRL) season.

The project provides a catalyst for urban regeneration in Townville, attracting further investment into the region and supporting jobs growth.

Stadium vision

To develop a vibrant new stadium that attracts visitors and investment, celebrates Townsville's tropical climate, values the water edge environment, delivers high quality public spaces and supports urban regeneration.

Stadium objectives

It is anticipated the North Queensland Stadium will:

  • become a nationally-recognised sports stadium with world-class sustainable urban design and architecture, establishing a clear identity that is uniquely 'North Queensland'
  • stimulate broad investment and economic development in the long-term future of Townsville as a major regional city, underpinned by its sporting excellence, distinct tourism offerings and strong and diverse local economy
  • transform and activate places and spaces as an urban attraction that draw people to Townsville's city heart
  • promote active experiences, social interaction and a broad range of sporting and cultural activities


North Queensland Stadium is a joint project of the Queensland Government ($140M), Australian Government ($100M) and Townsville City Council (land and enabling infrastructure) and is supported by both the National Rugby League and the North Queensland Cowboys ($10M).

The stadium forms part of the Townsville City Deal signed in December 2016.

Project team

The delivery of the North Queensland Stadium is being led by the Department of State Development of behalf of the Queensland Government.

Cox Architecture’s Queensland office has been appointed principal consultant. Firms with Townsville offices working with Cox Architecture include:

  • Counterpoint Architecture
  • Ashburner Francis (mechanical and electrical)
  • Arup (structural, civil, traffic and transport, acoustics and Ecologically Sustainable Development)
  • Parker Hydraulics
  • RPS (landscaping and surveying)
  • Douglas Partners (geotechnical)
  • Cyclone Testing Station at James Cook University

Watpac was announced managing contractor in May 2017 and is engaging sub-contractors to deliver a range of trade packages.

AECOM has been appointed Audit Quantity Surveyor.

RCP has been appointed Audit Programmer.


The North Queensland Stadium site will be located within the Townsville City Waterfront Priority Development Area adjacent to the Townsville Central Business District, between Ross Creek and Saunders Street.


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Stakeholder engagement and communication

The Government is committed to continuing to work closely with our project partners and stakeholders throughout the design and construction of the North Queensland Stadium.

Information about the project and its progress will be regularly shared on the project website.

General enquiries about the project should be directed to the Department of State Development

Enquiries about on site construction activities on site should be directed to Watpac: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact us

For further information on the proposed North Queensland Stadium please contact the Major Projects and Property Office or call 13 QGOV (13 74 68).