Dowling adds weight to hosting Olympic sports in Townsville

Media release

Independent mayoral candidate for Townsville and rugby league great Greg Dowling has hit the ground running to secure Olympic and other high level sports events for the region.

Mr Dowling said the new 25,000 seat Townville Stadium was in danger of becoming a white elephant unless a steady pipeline of events could be secured.

The long-time Townsville businessman has contacted Commonwealth representative for the 2032 Olympic Games bid, Fairfax MP Ted O’Brien, to put the region’s case forward as a host for Olympic sports.

“I am adding my support to recent comments made by our federal member Phillip Thompson about the prospect of including Townsville as a venue for Olympic Rugby 7s,’’ Mr Dowling said.

“I have also made representation to Rugby Australia seeking its commitment to explore the hosting of Wallabies and Wallaroos games at the new stadium as well as offering in principal support for Townsville to be included if the 2027 Rugby World Cup was successful,’’ he said.

Mr Dowling said he would also explore opportunities to establish a centre of excellence for Queensland soccer at the venue, and to secure more high-level Queensland and Australian Rugby League fixtures such as Kangaroos matches.

“The Olympics and other elite sporting events have the potential to bring major economic and social benefits to Townsville, boosting tourism and small business.

“It would bring people to the region to spend their money, and put Townsville on the national and world map,’’ Mr Dowling said.

“We have a new 25,000 seat stadium that is being under-utilised and a huge opportunity to turn that around by securing a strong pipeline of quality events into the future,’’ he said.