In response to a 2017 election commitment, the Queensland Government committed $150,000 for a feasibility study to investigate the proposal to redevelop Browne Park,Rockhampton into a major regional stadium.
The Browne Park Rugby League ground in Rockhampton has operated for more than 100 years and home to the Central Queensland Capras Rugby League team. Browne Park received a new grandstand in 2006 and redeveloped in 2008 to accommodate an upgraded Rockhampton Leagues Club.
The feasibility study only considered the redevelopment of Browne Park and involved;
- engaging with key stakeholders and the community,
- developing stadium concepts and completing a demand, and
- a market and commercial analysis.
The feasibility study was about optimising the benefits Browne Park offers to Rockhampton and the Central Queensland region, especially given its optimal location to Rockhampton CBD.
Browne Park’s possible expansion offers Rockhampton and its surrounds the chance to become a magnet for national and international events and entertainers, and could offer national and international sporting bodies an ideal year-round venue for games, training and coaching.
Assess proposal to expand Browne Park into major regional stadium
Investigate benefits in attracting more visitors to region
Potential to offer year-round facility for sport and entertainment
Frequently asked questions
What is the vision for the redevelopment of Browne Park?
To be Central Queensland’s right-sized, leading venue for hosting community, national and international level sporting (e.g. rugby league, rugby union and football) and entertainment (e.g. concerts) events and that it is also a catalytic venue delivering high-quality public space and supports urban regeneration.
Why is a feasibility study needed?
The feasibility study will help determine the practicality of redeveloping Browne Park and how to optimise the benefits it offers to Rockhampton and the Central Queensland region.
The feasibility study will involve engaging with key stakeholders, understanding demand for the facility, developing concept design and identifying potential funding models.
An important part of the feasibility study includes consulting with the local community and getting feedback on their views.
Is this feasibility study part of the Central Queensland NRL bid?
This feasibility study is not part of the Central Queensland NRL bid. However, in time, and if such a facility were to be built, it may assist such a bid.
Have other sites been considered for this feasibility study?
In line with the Government election commitment, the feasibility study is only considering Browne Park’s possible redevelopment.
Will the feasibility study consider changing the current Browne Park site?
It is envisaged there will be no changes to the current site that impacts traffic flow on the Bruce Highway. Consideration may be given to surrounding streets – Murray, Albert and Cambridge Streets.
No major alteration to the Rockhampton Leagues Club is envisaged.
What will be the capacity of the developed stadium?
Browne Park’s current crowd capacity is 5,200.
The feasibility study will help determine the capacity of the developed stadium. An initial estimate is for a staged increase towards a group capacity of 10,000. The feasibility study will define and justify any variation (increase or decrease) to this number.
How will parking be managed?
Transport and parking solutions will be investigated through the feasibility study.
Who will be able to use the redeveloped facility?
The potential redevelopment at Browne Park will be provide a contemporary multi-purpose facility that will support all codes of football (rectangular field) as well as other events that need a stadium or large venue space.
When will the feasibility study be finished?
The feasibility study is complete and now under further consideration.
When will the redevelopment to Browne Park start construction?
Timeframes for the construction of any redevelopment will be dependent on the outcomes of the feasibility study and funding arrangements.
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Last updated: 11 Feb 2020