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New solar attraction and interactive water experience to be installed in Townsville

New solar attraction and interactive water experience to be installed in Townsville
June 9, 2020

Townsville is planning to add a new light attraction - set to light up the city centre with two ‘solar trees’ ranging from eight to 12 metres tall installed along Ross Creek between Queensland Country Bank Stadium and Townsville city centre, including a Rain Tree that will provide an interactive water experience.

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

Minister Dick advised that “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.”

Queensland 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.

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the solar trees would provide many benefits and added that the Queensland Country Bank Stadium is the heart of Townsville, with this new attraction set to enliven the area for tourists and locals alike.

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.

“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.

Images: Artist Impressions of solar tree installation and interactive water experience courtesy of Queensland Government

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