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NRL’s Cowboys plan for North Queensland training and high performance facility move forward
The North Queensland Cowboys’ plans to develop a community, training and high-performance centre are moving forward with their application for a Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) loan moving to the next stage of approval.
The Cowboys’ application to NAIF has progressed, with NAIF’s Board making an Investment Decision to approve a loan to the project.
The $20 million NAIF loan would complement the existing $15 million Federal Government grant announced in March enabling the construction of the project to commence, with the facilities to be available for the 2021 NRL season.
The proposed facility, to be located adjacent to the new North Queensland Stadium in Townsville, will combine community areas, multi-sport high-performance training spaces, sports medicine and sports science laboratories, together with the stadium and administration offices, located in between Ross Creek and Saunders Street in the Townsville BCD.
Welcoming the advancement of the loan application, Cowboys Chairman, Laurence Lancini stated “funding support from NAIF is a crucial part of our business plan for our new centre, and we are grateful to NAIF for their consideration and positive response to our application.
“Our planning has continued as each milestone has been met, to keep us on track for a completion timeline of January 2021 when we would reunite our playing and administration areas.
“The economic and social contribution of the development and operations of the centre will have a significant impact on our region, and we’re delighted to also share this positive news with our stakeholders.”
The centre’s 17,000 metre² site, located within the Townsville City Waterfront Priority Development Area, will incorporate a full-sized training field (approximately 12,000 metre²) and provide modern facilities currently unavailable in Townsville.
The facility will provide a high-performance athletic training environment for local and visiting teams, co-located orthopaedic/sports medicine consulting, sports science and research facilities in conjunction with James Cook University and Mater Health Services, and centrally located meeting and office spaces.
The Cowboys will continue to operate and train from 1300SMILES Stadium in 2020, with work on the new centre scheduled to begin in December.
8th November 2019 - Townsville residents offered first look into new North Queensland Stadium
31st October 2019 - North Queensland Stadium to stage Easter 2020 community football event
20th September 2019 - Townsville artist commissioned for North Queensland Stadium sculpture
5th September 2019 - Cowboys play final game at 1300SMILES Stadium
4th September 2019 - New training and recreational space for NRL Cowboys House
2nd September 2019 - First seat installed at new North Queensland Stadium
4th June 2019 - New app offers virtual view of North Queensland Stadium
18th April 2019 - Flood aftermath to delay North Queensland Stadium completion date
22nd March 2019 - Ticketmaster secures North Queensland Stadium contract
7th February 2018 - North Queensland Cowboys a key part of jobs initiative
13th March 2017 - NRL Cowboys House officially opened in Townsville
21st October 2015 - Cowboys enjoy massive acclaim across North Queensland
5th October 2011 - Cowboys reveal plans for new Townsville Stadium
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