Home turf another local effort in stadium build
Townsville-based Mendi Group are coordinating the pitch works for the stadium and have engaged sports field specialists HG Sports Turf to design the pitch, supply the ‘ready-to-play’ technology and manage the turf, which will be grown on the Fortini farm.
A patented system, developed by HG Sports Turf, combines natural grass as the playing surface with an underlying mesh of artificial fibres to create a vertically and horizontally stable turf.
Fortini Turf will grow 11,000 square metres of the stabilised turf for the stadium in a single plot at Gumlow, just outside of Townsville.
HG Sports Turf general manager Erik Kinlon said he was excited to bring the ‘ready-to-play’ turf to Townsville for the first time.
“HG Sports Turf has successfully delivered stadia playing surfaces, using our proprietary hybrid turf systems for over 20 years both here in Australia and globally and in some of the world’s most iconic stadiums,” Mr Kinlon said.
“We will be working closely with the team at Fortini Turf to ensure everything from the irrigation and fertiliser through to the harvesting, transport and installation is to international standards.”
The North Queensland Stadium is a joint project of the Queensland Government, Australian Government and Townsville City Council and is supported by both the National Rugby League and the North Queensland Cowboys.
With site activity now at its peak, Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said local tradies had been engaged on 92 per cent of the construction hours at the North Queensland Stadium.
Below: HG Sports Turf general manager Erik Kinlon, Housing and Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni, turf farmer Fabia Fortini, Member for Townsville Scott Stewart and Mendi Group director Jeff Doyle with some of the turf that will be used at the North Queensland Stadium.
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