Interest growing in property surrounding Townsville’s CBD stadium site

first_imgConcept designs for Townsville’s long-awaited North Queensland stadium. Designed by 9Point9 and Cox Architecture. Picture: SuppliedINTEREST is growing in property surrounding Townsville’s $250 million CBD stadium site, with the project set to spark a surge in development. It comes after $10 million residential and commercial development Vantage on Palmer was approved on the back of renewed confidence in the city. Townsville developer and North Queensland Cowboys chairman Laurence Lancini said astute investors would be looking at opportunities in connection with the stadium. An artist’s impression of stage one of Vantage on Palmer, a $10 million residential and commercial development by local developer PDS QLD.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“You will see an uplift of valuation of properties and you then start to get associated amenities develop around the entertainment centre like food and beverage and hotels,” he said. “You will start to see a revitalisation around the area and people will start spending money on houses.“In five years’ time we are going to look back and say this stadium and everything around it is the best thing that has ever happened to this city.”It is hoped early work at the stadium site will start this year.James Cook University is already planning to partner with the Cowboys to move their sports exercise program alongside the stadium. The world-class facility would also likely include a commercial element made up of private sport and health-related operators.Colliers International Townsville managing director Peter Wheeler said there were several parties interested in development opportunities the stadium will bring. “We are dealing with people with a keen interest in the CBD or fringes since the stadium was announced and a number of properties have changed hands or been contracted during that period,” Mr Wheeler said.“I think we’ll see a lift in interest when construction does start on the stadium.”Townsville Chamber of Commerce president Troy Popham said he was “nervously optimistic” about the opportunities offered by the stadium.“I’ve heard some major accommodation brands have looked at the opportunity but for that to come (the stadium) really needs to be an integrated project,” he said.“I think this is the calm before the storm and once you see movement and action that will drive business confidence.”last_img read more

City have been lucky – Mourinho

first_img Sherwood lauded City after Manuel Pellegrini’s men won 5-1 at White Hart Lane to go top of the Barclays Premier League ahead of Monday’s contest with Mourinho’s side at the Etihad Stadium. Mourinho believes City will find their true level in European competition, where they face Barcelona in the Champions League first knockout round. Press Association “Maybe for the Tottenham manager, the planet is England,” said the Chelsea boss, who signed defender Kurt Zouma from St Etienne on Friday. “You will see (how good City are) in the Champions League. You will see in a couple of months.” Mourinho also suggested City have been fortunate game-changing decisions have gone their way this season – something he described as a coincidence but was at pains to point out as Mike Dean prepares to referee Monday’s match. “They are lucky,” Mourinho said. “The reality is they have many crucial decisions in their favour. “Against Liverpool, the (Raheem) Sterling ‘goal’. The penalty on (Luis) Suarez. Against Newcastle the goal that is a clear goal. “Against Tottenham, (Michael) Dawson’s goal, the penalty, the (Danny Rose) red card. They are having everything. “I repeat, because I don’t want to be misinterpreted (it is) just pure coincidence. “The referees, they try to do their best and sometimes they make mistakes and normally during the season the mistakes are split between teams. “In their (City’s) case, they have everything in their favour.” City have a 100 per cent record from 11 home matches, averaging more than four goals a game, and are a fearsome prospect for most visiting opponents. Mourinho is unfazed and, unlike in goalless draws at Manchester United and Arsenal, says Chelsea go to City seeking victory. The Portuguese, who was frustrated by West Ham’s negative tactics in Wednesday’s 0-0 draw, said: “We’re not going to change our philosophy. Chelsea always go to try and win.” City, who are three points ahead of third-placed Chelsea entering the match, are Mourinho’s favourites for the title in a season of rebuilding for the Blues. He will be more optimistic next term. “Next pre-season, day one, I will say we are candidates to win the Premier League,” he said. “This season, the speech is we are candidates to win the next match. It doesn’t matter where, it doesn’t matter the opponent. “We’re just trying to win. I tell you now, before Man City… I will tell you before the Newcastle game next week, and then West Brom. I will repeat this.” Mohamed Salah, who signed from Basle, could be included in the squad for his debut, but striker Fernando Torres (knee) remains out. Zouma signed a five-and-a-half-year contract from St Etienne – where the 19-year-old remains on loan for the rest of the season – to become Chelsea’s fourth and final January signing after Nemanja Matic from Benfica, Salah and Bertrand Traore, who immediately was sent on loan to Vitesse Arnhem. Chelsea moved for Zouma now as sides were lining up to recruit the defender, who could spend next season on loan. Mourinho has spoken of building a team for the next decade and Zouma’s acquisition fits with his brief of recruiting young players full of potential. “We like the profile. We think he’s very much adapted to the Premier League,” Mourinho said. “In almost every position, we have the present and also the future.” Mourinho told those surprised that he did not recruit a striker in the winter window that one will arrive in the summer. He added: “We don’t sign a striker now to be an emergency plan to try to score half a dozen goals. That’s not the right approach. “We’re waiting for the summer to do the right thing in that area, to do exactly what the team needs. “No deals (are in place). We just know basically what we want, and we know what we want is impossible to get in this transfer window.” Mourinho has long spoken of the need for a “killer” striker and it can be assumed Chelsea are prepared to make a large outlay, with Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa hotly tipped to be the number one target. Mourinho insisted once Chelsea have that man, they will be challengers, despite complying with Financial Fair Play. The Portuguese took the opportunity to take a thinly veiled swipe at City at the end of a week in which the full scale of the Abu Dhabi-owned club’s extravagances were revealed. Mourinho added: “Independent that some clubs are feeling the Financial Fair Play as a ‘fair’ Financial Fair Play, and some others are feeling the Financial Fair Play as a ‘dodgy’ Financial Fair Play, next pre-season, day one, I will say Chelsea are a candidate (for the title).” Chelsea announced on Friday night that winger Gael Kakuta had joined Serie A side Lazio on loan until the end of the season. Jose Mourinho has questioned the assertion of Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood that Chelsea’s next opponents Manchester City are the best team on the planet.last_img read more

Butler, Sykes lead Syracuse to comeback win after slow starts

first_imgQuentin Hillsman looked at the scoreboard and then at Brittney Sykes and Brianna Butler. He didn’t mince words. He told them they needed to step up.It was during a timeout late in the first half. The two had combined for just five points thus far and not surprisingly, Syracuse was down.“I said, ‘If you guys don’t start scoring, we’re not going to win the basketball game,’” Hillsman said. “‘There’s just no chance we can win if you’ve got two points and you’ve got three points.’“And they responded.”Syracuse’s top two scorers couldn’t get anything to go down in the first half, but eventually combined for 37 points in the Orange’s (12-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) 76-70 win over Georgia Tech (11-5, 1-2) on Sunday. The duo scored 11 of 12 points in a game-changing 12-point run to give SU a lead late in the second half.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe late effort helped the Orange to its first ACC win as a member school in front of 772 fans in the Carrier Dome.“My teammates were getting on me,” said Sykes, who finished with 14 points. “Coach was getting on me about being too calm in the game. I had to step up for them to help them win the game.”Down the stretch in the second half, it was all Butler and Sykes. Butler — SU’s best 3-point shooter who finished with 23 points — connected on a 3-pointer to start the 12-0 run. Then, just more than a minute later, she tied the score at 63.With the score tied at 67 and 2:20 to play, Sykes was dribbling the ball up in pressure. The hounding defense left Butler wide open in the corner. Sykes found Butler, and she nailed it to give Syracuse a lead that it would not relinquish.“I think in the first half I kind of beat myself,” Butler said. “I think in the second half and toward the end of the first half, when I hit that first 3, it definitely made me more confident and I was able to knock down each of the shots.”Hillsman said he was concerned that Butler wasn’t looking for the 3. He said Georgia Tech was forcing her to drive to the basket, which hindered her from doing what she does best.“There are not many players in basketball that can light it up like neon, shoot the ball and make it every time they touch it,” Hillsman said. “You have to make shots, you can’t let teams turn you into a driver.”But the comeback also came on the soft touch of Sykes. Though she made only one shot in the first half, she was 3-for-3 from the field and 6-of-6 from the foul line in the second. Her jumper with 4:17 left gave SU its first lead in 14 minutes, and her free throws iced the game for Syracuse in the waning seconds.Sykes said SU’s second-half effort was a wake-up call for her team, which has blown a second-half lead in three of its four losses.“As soon as we ran in the locker room, we were all celebrating the win. But we came to realize that we can’t go back to the way we used to play,” Sykes said. “The ACC is a great conference and these teams are ready to battle.“We’re ready to battle with them.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 12, 2014 at 5:18 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3last_img read more

B.C. backs proposal for liquefied natural gas ship refuelling facility

first_imgVANCOUVER — A proposal to build the first ship-to-ship liquefied natural gas marine refuelling service along the west coast of North America is getting support from the British Columbia government.A statement from the premier’s office says replacing diesel fuel with LNG has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from marine shipping by at least 20 per cent. The province is contributing $25,000 to a study to examine the competitive, environmental and social impact of LNG marine refuelling, also known as bunkering.- Advertisement -Since 2017, B.C. has trucked LNG to the handful of BC Ferries and Seaspan cargo ferries that use it, but the new plan would add a fuelling vessel filled from an onshore terminal in Delta to move LNG directly to large vessels.Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, says LNG-powered container, car carrier and cruise vessels could begin arriving in Vancouver as early as next year.Global demand for the fuel is expected to exceed nine million tonnes annually by 2025.Advertisement A study by PricewaterhouseCoopers for LNG supplier Fortis BC shows a five-year construction period for bunkering infrastructure in Delta could create thousands of jobs and pump $930 million annually into the economy, once the project is complete.Premier John Horgan says he’s confident B.C. can join the global network of ports providing liquefied natural gas directly to ships.“This will allow B.C. to have a direct impact on global emissions by reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from visiting vessels.” Horgan said in the statement.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 24, 2019.Advertisement The Canadian Presslast_img read more