Build stadium and convention centre in stages: Carroll

PULLING POWER: An artist’s impression of the 1000-seat convention centre and 20, 000-seat stadium for Rockhampton. The construction could create 1000 full time jobs.
PULLING POWER: An artist’s impression of the 1000-seat convention centre and 20, 000-seat stadium for Rockhampton. The construction could create 1000 full time jobs. Contributed

ALTHOUGH Capricorn Enterprise is aiming for funding to build a convention centre and stadium together, CEO Mary Carroll says construction could be staged.

She and prominent Rockhampton businessman Geoff Murphy are spearheading the push for State Government funding for the $150million facility.

The 20,000-seat stadium and 1000-seat convention centre could be a multi-use complex for everything from musical acts to tradeshows.

Ms Carroll said it would likely be built on the existing sporting precinct along the Fitzroy River.

"It is definitely the preference to obtain the funding support for one complementary complex as soon as possible," Ms Carroll said.

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"However, one option could be funding support for a 1000-seat convention centre as stage one, followed by a 20,000-seat stadium.

"We acknowledge that the convention centre and a stadium is a large scale piece of infrastructure."

Ms Carroll points out funding the construction of the convention centre and stadium together would be much more cost-effective than funding two stages.

She argues Rockhampton is trailing the pack economically as the only major city in Queensland without a top-class convention centre.

Mr Murphy said the project was estimated to generate $215million in income for the regional economy and more than 3000 jobs over five years.

Capricornia MP Michelle Landry agrees the complex would be a boon for the region.

"Both a convention centre and NRL stadium would be great for the city's economy and job creation," Ms Landry said.

"We need a convention facility and I will be supporting a push for such a facility here in the future."

Ms Landry joined 500 people in attending the Queensland Mining Contract Awards at the Mackay Convention Centre on Wednesday night.

The awards were held in conjunction with the Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition, which draws thousands of people to Mackay and injects millions of dollars into the economy.

"It was a great event and I would love to see something like that happen in Rockhampton," she said.

Topics:  capricorn enterprise cq nrl bid stadium and convention centre

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