The last of 36 roof trusses have been craned into place for the North Queensland Stadium’s Pandanus plant-inspired roof.
Hi-tech UV-resistant Teflon-coated fabric is now being fitted over the peaked roof sections and is expected to be completed in December 2019.
With the main stadium build works now more than 85 per cent complete, the State Government says the Townsville project remains on track to host the Sir Elton John concert and the 2020 National Rugby League (NRL) Premiership Season next year.
Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said installation of the trusses had been undertaken by 30 local workers.
“The North Queensland Stadium is being built for North Queenslanders, by North Queenslanders,” he said.
“Installing the roof has been a carefully calculated operation because each of the 36 trusses of the roof has a different geometry, but it’s all come together safely and smoothly and will stand the test of time.
“The trusses are made from Australian steel and were trucked in and assembled on site before being lifted into place.
“Additionally, 488 businesses have now been engaged in the extended supply chain for this project, so the flow-on economic benefits for Townsville are quite significant.”
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said she was excited to see the roof now dominating the city skyline.
“We’re a major step closer to completing one of Townsville’s most valuable assets with the ability to attract both local and major international events,” she said.
“The opening Sir Elton John Concert on 29 February 2020, then the first North Queensland Cowboy’s home game on 13 March 2020 will really raise the roof and give North Queenslanders something to celebrate.”
North Queensland Stadium will throw open its gates to the community for the first time next February, with a free People’s Day confirmed for Saturday, February 22, 2020.
North Queensland Stadium is a joint project of the Queensland Government, Australian Government and Townsville City Council, and is supported by both the National Rugby League and the North Queensland Cowboys.