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Tue, 20 Aug 2019

Have your say on the stadium

Kelsey touches the screen of an tablet that's being held by Laurie. Both are looking up smiling at the camera
L-R Kelsey Mathison, Stadiums Queensland, and Associate Professor Laurie Murphy. Photo: JCU media.

James Cook University students are asking Townsville residents what they want from the new North Queensland Stadium.

The survey is being conducted by JCU Bachelor of Business students as part of a work-integrated learning project with Stadiums Queensland.

Associate Professor Laurie Murphy says the results will help to develop a strategy to maximise the use of the stadium by the local community and businesses.

“The project is a win for students, the stadium, and the community,” she said.

“By working with Stadiums Queensland we’re giving students real-world examples of how multidisciplinary business projects work, and their findings will ultimately contribute to the financial viability of the stadium and the quality of life of Townsville residents.”

Dr Murphy also says it’s a bonus for the students to see their hard work contribute to a high-profile project.

“I think they’ll get a real feeling of pride when it’s complete,” she said.

Kelsey Mathison, North Queensland Stadium Project Officer – Operations, said she looked forward to community feedback.

“We want North Queensland stadium to be the major event capital for the region, but it’s important it also operates outside of major events for other purposes, such as functions and community activities,” Ms Mathison said.

“Through this work with the students and other community and industry partners, we hope to identify ways in which we can ensure the stadium will deliver in multiple ways, for Townsville residents and beyond.”

Students will present the outcomes of their research to Stadiums Queensland and other stakeholders at the end of October. The North Queensland Stadium will be owned and operated by Stadiums Queensland when it is completed in 2020.

The survey is available online until 26 August and is on the North Queensland Stadium Facebook Page and website.


Associate Professor Laurie Murphy