The Spotlight - CQ Deserves the STADIUM!

The past week the naysayers and rival expansion fans of theCentral Queenslandbid have been in a feeding frenzy looking for blood over a “differing” media report stating “Stadium blow delivers rocky future for Central Queensland NRL bid team.”

What the report fails to mention is the sports minister didn’t refer to our stadium, so they printed it anyway, while key bid members (including Geoff Murphy and Denis Keeffe) have met with the new State Government several times over the last month, while funding has already been committed to (if/when the license is given of course).

So other rugby league fans stating comment such as; “that’s them dead in the water”, “not going to happen”, “delusional” and “setback” will be sadly mistaken, the solid CQ Bid remains scratch free and is charging ahead like our many iconic industries! Not too dissimilar to the Maroons with their self-belief and iconic ‘never say die attitude’.

Why we deserve a stadium? Central Queensland would lock up the East Coast of Australia as the remaining heartland of rugby league left with games and clubs already based in NQ, SE QLD, Hunter,CentralCoast,Sydney, Illawarra andVictoria.

We have the strongest Economy inQueenslandand among the top few inAustralia, the bid has proven it can establish corporate relationships to unite these giants and businesses with the CQ NRL Bid - benefiting juniors, communities, fans and rugby league as a whole, while we heard there is plenty more to come progressing the bid to the SPOTLIGHT! CQ in the past has often received very little in comparison to other states andQueenslandregions – our taxes, economic boosts and resources royalties go into many billions of dollars!

The CQ STADIUM will be MULTI-PURPOSE – the bid has always stated this! The Stadium management will use the stadium for community events/organisations, conferences (1000 seat conference centre), entertainment events (i.e. concerts), extreme sport events(i.e. motocross), potentially international events, exhibition, special matches (i.e. potentially NRL Indigenous Allstars) and other sports exhibition events, while the major tenant being the NRL club.

The ACADEMY – a clear benefit for the whole of Central Queensland that will benefit all promising young athletes not just rugby league, but also included outreach programs throughout CQ with development pathways such as “alternative education, training based programs, employment pathways, development in sport, healthy and active lifestyles, development of skills relating to community, inclusion, health and life skills, services for youth identified as elite in their sport, by providing place based support for them to succeed such as, sport psychology, nutrition and behaviour and the number 1 a pathway for Rugby League juniors.”

Government funding will provide Short and Long term INVESTMENT – the STADIUM will be a massive boost for 600,000 Central Queenslanders and Queensland’s economy!
It’s time Regional Queensland was rewarded with CQ providing a huge amount of RESOURCE ROYALTIES for the Government!! Capricorn Enterprise CEO Mary Carroll has said “CQ business and industry has been crying out for such a scheme after seeing great results in Western Australia. With $3 Billion dollars per annum of royalties going to State revenue, nearly half of which is generated by CQ mines, the State government must fund our local projects.” There is currently 100’s of billions worth of new and expansion projects for CQ resource developments from 2012 to 2017.

Short and long term investment benefits (direct & indirect) items such as construction, economy (QLD and local) full-time jobs, accommodation, local and state transport, retail, food and beverage, goods and services, tourism, asset increasing revenue, increasing developments, population surge (returning, relocations and interstate movers), professional sporting pathways (coaches, players, employees), exhibitions in regional areas – I’ll leave it there with a list too long for an untapped area!

An AEC Group Economic Impact Assessment on the CQ NRL Bid in March 2011 suggested the project (stadium, leagues club upgrades, other supportive infrastructure and Central Queensland Academy of Sport, Education and Life Skills) would add 1,000 full time equivalent jobs, generate $383.5 million (output) after the $227.7 million spent. Operational benefits over five years, it would be another large boost to the Fitzroy regional economy with $72.5 million in output, $39.4 million of value added, $29.5 million in wages and 425 full time equivalent jobs sustained. Overall adding $326.9 Million value and $745.8 Million output to the economy, 3,129 jobs and $215.5 Million for income.

CQ will not need handouts with such statements of “one of the most lucrative sponsorship deals in Australian professional sporting history” – the BOOM and CQ ECONOMY is underrated and this will be evident with the strong support to be revealed from companies in our region. A stadium will inspire and move a region like nothing ever done before!

EXPANSION AND NO DILUTION FROM CQ – the Bid is already providing elite junior development (directly from the bid) that will help progress more players into top tier competitions – plus possess a very large amount of players within the NRL, NYC, ESL, French RL, QLD Cup, NSW Cup and even rugby union competitions. The PROMISE of 75%Central Queensland players and staff involved, potentially utilising international players (recruitment or even perhaps development scholarships).

Central Queensland’s Mal Meninga is World Sporting Stars hero:

As Courier Mail partly reports; its semi well known that Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs has a strong following of rugby league. Mostly due to his father’s influence as he played rugby league in Wales an than relocated to England playing pro rugby league when Giggs was growing up, but also he lists Mal Meninga as his SPORTING HERO, when he played for St Helens and also Australia for Tests in the UK (Giggs once was a ball boy for the Kangaroos vs. GB). Meninga is among CQ sporting stars such as Rod Laver (tennis), Jason Day (golf), Jamie Dwyer (hockey), Anna Meares (Olympic Champion) and others as among the best ever in their sport. A CQ Sports Academy here alongside an NRL Club will only increase the number of juniors that will get development opportunities at home and move on to an their top level competition.

SOO Focus:  The Spotlight noticed the two Central Queensland products in the Maroons State of Origin 1 lineup, Matt Scott and Dave Taylor were both already interacting greatly with the post-match on field camera work. Relive Matt Scott’s barnstorming run over Pearce and Gallen from SOO 1 than the all in brawl, enjoy!

The Origin Try Scoring record of Sarina’s Dale Shearer was broken by Greg Inglis last week with Inglis extending it to 13. Shearer holding it for 16 years!

SOO 1 match had a record 3.957 million (national average) viewers. Regionally (NSW, QLD, VIC, TAS), a record (average) of 1,442,000 (included in the 3.9 M) watched the SOO1. More thanBrisbane,Melbourne,AdelaideandPerthcombined. A Central Queensland NRL club will be a strong hit for regional fans of the game.

Tweet of the Week: “@cqnrlbid State Government Backing Rock Solid For CQ NRL Stadium”
QRL Local Leagues

Barba sensation Mackay? Former Queensland Cup star Aaron Barba (the 31 year old brother of Bulldog’s Ben) showed he still has the speed with four tries against defending champions Moranbah, who possess Josh Hannay (Former NRL and SOO player) and Matt Lockyer (QLD Cup vet).

Rockhampton: The league has a break on the weekend with Rockhampton Junior RL Grand Finals. However we are looking forward to seeing the first Women’s Rugby League club match played in Rockhampton! With three round robin clashes between North’s Chargers (Rockhampton) vs. Central Highlands (Peak Downs Pirates) and Gladstone Raiders from 3.30pm. Reserve Grade action kicks off at 2pm, U20s at 5.40pm and A-grade at 7.10pm between North’s and Fitzroy-Gracemere Sharks – two form sides and arguably the two most supported senior clubs.

Brothers play Seagulls in Yeppoon from 4pm.

Congratulations to Rockhampton Junior RL Grand Final winners: Cap Coast Brothers (U13s), North’s Knights (U14s – undefeated for two seasons with 5 CQ NRL Bid Dev Squad members), Fitzroy Sharks (U15s), Yeppoon Seagulls (U16s) and North’s Knights (u18s).

MACKAY (Central Queensland) NRL Match – Bulldogs vs. Storm

Tickets to the June 24 Virgin AustraliaStadium grudge match went on sale Wednesday (Bulldogs members) and Thursday (General Public) last week. It was reported by Daily Mercury that over 5000 tickets had already been sold – a month before the game and with a total capacity of 12,000! 2546 general admission tickets were sold before 11 am (started at 9am)! One Mackay local was reported to wait for 2.5 hours before the ticketing office opened.
Mis-informed rugby league fans from the capital cities have expressed thatCentral Queensland doesn’t have the population or demand to fill NRL matches. Well 12,000 will easily be sold and thousands more fans will be missing out. The fans want the team!

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