A ‘solar trees’ installation is planned for Townsville’s North Queensland Stadium precinct, with construction tipped to support scores of jobs.
Treasurer Cameron Dick has announced $6.5 million in state funding for the beautification project, with Townsville City Council contributing $1.5 million.
The project is expected to take nine months to complete, with construction kicking off in July.
“The solar trees installation is set to stand as another unique tourism attraction for the city and region, and will create around 120 direct and indirect jobs during construction,” Mr Dick said.
“The project will see two solar trees ranging from eight-to-12 metres tall installed along Ross Creek between North Queensland Stadium and Townsville city centre, including a ‘rain tree’ that will provide an interactive water experience.
“The new stadium is a game-changer and a job-creator for north Queensland, and this project will help maximise it even further.
“We want to attract more world-class sporting events and performances to the region, and to encourage more visitors to this beautiful part of our state.”
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said tourism infrastructure projects like the solar trees would have a huge impact on the local economy and activate the CBD.
“Initial estimates have shown this project could inject $8 million into our local economy and support almost 120 direct and indirect jobs, which is a huge boost to our construction industry on the back of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Cr Hill said.
“This is a completely unique attraction that is perfect for our region thanks to using solar power to run. It will encourage those visiting the stadium to make the walk to the CBD just to experience such a beautiful visual show.
“Central Park is a crucial link from the stadium precinct to the CBD, and it’s projects like this that will provide a flow-on benefit for our local restaurants, accommodation and retailers as people come to the city.”