With Stage one of the Integrated Stadium and Entertainment Centre (North Queensland Stadium) now secured and in the planning phase, attention shifts to ensuring that the design of the Stadium allows for future expansion and inclusion of the Entertainment Centre.

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

Invitation for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from Principal Consultants and their sub-consultant design teams is currently open – closing 2.00pm Monday 19 September 2016.

Engaging local industry and generating jobs is one of the key objectives for the North Queensland Stadium project.

The project has been placed on the ICN gateway and suppliers are encouraged to visit the website to register their interest.

Suppliers who are interested in building their supply chain capability can contact the Major Projects Supply Chain Team in the Department of State Development via email Townsville.NQRO@dsd.qld.gov.au


Townsville’s number one priority continues to be the Integrated Stadium & Entertainment Centre (ISEC).

This is a game changing catalytic project for urban renewal in Townsville.  ISEC now has the support of Local, State and Federal Governments along with the support of the NRL and North Queensland Cowboys. 

An iconic 25,000 seat stadium and 6,000 seat entertainment facility, ISEC will showcase national and international sporting events, host major music events, festivals and conferences and will be the home of the North Queensland Cowboys NRL team.

ISEC is significantly more than just a stadium.

ISEC will catalyse urban activation and investment across Townsville’s Waterfront Priority Development Area, turbocharge the region’s events and tourism industry, bring jobs to the city and boost business confidence.

Townsville Enterprise is actively working with key stakeholders to seek funding commitments from both the State and Federal Governments and Opposition.

The State Government has committed $140M to the project, NRL and North Queensland Cowboys has committed $10M and at a Federal level, $100M has been committed. Stage One of this project will now commence. 

ISEC by numbers

  • $1.9B – ISEC will accelerate development of the planned $1.9B waterfront redevelopment
  • 1,650 jobs created in the construction phase
  • $130M in wages and salary in the construction phase
  • $675M in additional economic output in the construction phase
  • $5M annual gross value add once ISEC is complete
  • 37,000 new visitors to the region each year
  • $2M annual visitor spend once ISEC is complete

What is The Waterfront Priority Development Area?

Townsville City Council and Queensland State Government have jointly worked to declare a Priority Development Area (PDA) over the Townsville waterfront.  The PDA includes 63.7 hectares of land directly adjacent to Townsville’s CBD located on both sides of Ross Creek. One of Australia’s biggest urban renewal projects, the waterfront redevelopment will activate prime inner-city land, create significant investment and job opportunities and catalyse CBD revitalisation over the next 20 years.

 ISEC will be the anchor for accelerated development of the PDA in a way no other project can emulate:

  • ISEC will stimulate development of integrated mixed-use commercial and residential land in the areas adjacent to it.
  • ISEC will allow Townsville to position itself as an “Event City” – able to complement nearby tourist destinations like Cairns and the Whitsundays and to act as a drawcard for new Asian tourist markets.
  • ISEC will be the focal point of a city transport management plan, including new pedestrian and cycle pathways and bridges, a potential new bus interchange and improved vehicle access facilities.
  • ISEC will be the secular cathedral of Townsville city – providing community and social benefits.
  • As a major $380 million project, ISEC will provide vital business confidence to investors and catalyse further development of the PDA.
  • ISEC will stimulate future “add on” precincts over time, such as a Sport and Exercise Science Precinct (an opportunity identified by James Cook University) and a National Centre for Indigenous Sporting Excellence (an opportunity identified by the NRL).

To find out more about the PDA visit Council’s website or call 1300 878 001. To watch the 3D flythrough of The Waterfront and see exactly where ISEC will be built click here.

What’s wrong with existing facilities?

A 2013 KPMG study found Townsville’s current entertainment centre and major stadium were ageing assets, both requiring replacement by 2020. The report determined it would cost less and provide a more economically sustainable model to combine the two centres into one in the city.  Download the KPMG summary findings report