New tourism 12 meter tall Solar Trees lights up the heart of Townsville

Townsville’s newest and biggest attraction is set to light up North Queensland skies even more, with the installation of two ‘solar trees’ at the North Queensland Stadium precinct.

Treasurer Cameron Dick today announced $6.5 million in state funding for beautification project, with Townsville City Council contributing $1.5 million.

“The new stadium is a game-changer and a job-creator for North Queensland, bringing world class sporting events and performances to local audiences and providing another reason for tourists to visit this beautiful part of the world.

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 including a Rain Tree that will provide an interactive water experience.

Mr Dick said the project would create 120 direct and indirect jobs during construction and would deliver unique tourism infrastructure for the region.

Minister for State Development, Tourism and Innovation Kate Jones said the investment aligns with the Townsville North Queensland Destination Tourism Plan's priorities.

“We know how important tourism is to North Queensland, especially as we emerge from the impacts of COVID-19.

“The Palaszczuk Government has a plan to Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs and that means building new infrastructure, strengthening our existing industries and supporting growth industries.”

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the solar trees would provide many benefits.

“The North Queensland Stadium is the heart of Townsville, and this new attraction will enliven the area for tourists and locals alike.

“Growing jobs in the region means growing our tourist offerings, and this project ticks both boxes.”

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said tourism infrastructure projects like the Solar Tree would have a huge impact on the local economy and activate the CBD.

“Initial estimates have shown that this project could inject $8 million into our local economy and support more than 110 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 our local restaurants, accommodation and retailers as people come to the city.”

The project is expected to take nine months to complete and will commence construction in July.

Attribution: Treasurer, Minister for Infrastructure and Planning The Honourable Cameron Dick

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