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New stadium site stands up

As Townsville and regional communities battle flooding from a severe weather event, the new North Queensland Stadium site has been put to the test along the banks of Ross River.

The Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works, leading the delivery of the new stadium, released this statement today:

As at 9am on Monday 4 February, the North Queensland Stadium site is affected by some water logging as a result of the extreme rainfall event in Townsville but it is not yet experiencing overland flooding.

100,000m3 of fill was used to raise the building platform above the Q100 flood level before construction commenced.

Watpac are currently on site but no construction activity is taking place.

The situation will continue to be closely monitored and construction work will not recommence on site until proper assessments are undertaken to ensure, for example, the safety of workers.

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