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Browne Park

Project overview

Browne Park has been Rockhampton’s home of rugby league for more than 100 years and is home to the Central Queensland Capras. Browne Park received a new grandstand in 2006 and was further redeveloped in 2008.

The Browne Park redevelopment is the Queensland Government’s priority investment option with $25 million committed to Stage 1 of the project as part of Queensland’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan.

The redevelopment will offer improved corporate entertainment opportunities and have the potential to host large outdoor gatherings supported by the neighbouring Rockhampton Leagues Club.

Over two weekends in August 2021, Browne Park hosted its first two National Rugby League (NRL) games, with Round 23 between the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and West Tigers and Round 24 between the St George Illawarra Dragons and North Queensland Cowboys.

On 12 September 2021, Browne Park hosted the NRL semi-final match between the Parramatta Eels and the Newcastle Knights.

Benefits

  • Provide Central Queensland a more suitable multi-purpose sport and event facility.

  • Attract more NRL games, similar large sporting events and become a drawcard for national and international concerts.

  • An ideal year-round venue for games, training and coaching.

Frequently asked questions

  • To be Central Queensland’s leading venue for community, national and international level sporting (e.g. rugby league, rugby union and football) and entertainment (e.g. concerts and performances of international significance) events and also be a catalytic venue delivering high-quality public space and supporting urban regeneration.

  • The Queensland Government considers Browne Park as an ideal location that does not flood and has operated successfully in suburban environment — not far from the CBD for more than 100 years. It has room for expansion and is shovel and job ready.

  • Stage 1 includes a rebuild of the western side of the Jack Crow Stand to offer between 2,500 and 4,000 seats.

    Future stages will be planned so that in time  further seating and facilities will be added to the Albert and George Street sides of the venue.

  • Investigations are currently underway to identify  whether there are traffic changes required on Murray Street.

  • No major alteration to the Rockhampton Leagues Club is envisaged.

  • Browne Park’s current crowd capacity is 5,200. Following completion of future stages it is expected that there will be an increase to 9,000+ seats.

  • Transport and parking solutions will continue to be investigated through Stage 1. However, similar to other major stadia throughout the state,  it is expected alternate travel/traffic solutions will be considered. Ie. Park and ride options.

  • 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.

  • The initial $25 million redevelopment of Browne Park will support over 80 full time employee (FTE) jobs for the region.

  • The Queensland Government, in partnership with the Management Group of Browne Park and Rockhampton Leagues Club, will commence the design process in late 2021, and will run in-parallel to a Ministerial Infrastructure Designation (MID) process. Key stakeholders and the community will have opportunities to provide their feedback during community consultation phases of the MID.

    Construction is proposed to commence in September 2022 (during the winter sports off-season) and completed prior to the 2024 winter sports season.

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Last updated: 02 Nov 2021