WHEN Premier Campbell Newman visited The Morning Bulletin last Friday he said his government had balanced the books and after the sale of government assets and private sector investment in Ergon, Energex and Powerlink, $8.6 billion would be generated for building infrastructure.
He made two things very clear.
First, the local community needs to get clear on the order of precedence for major projects.
Second, he stated in black and white terms that if the CQ NRL bid was successful that his government would build a stadium in Rockhampton.
With competition for limited funds from across the state, it sounds like a bird in the hand.
A stadium may not be everyone's idea of the most important project but it is assured, assuming the bid is successful.
It seems that as a community we need to get behind the bid, and behind the team.
As Denis Keeffe - CEO of CQ NRL bid - said last week, the people making these decisions want to see unity; they'll look to where there's a groundswell.
Rockhampton is the centre of Central Queensland and the gateway to northern Australia.
We were left out of the plan for northern Australia by the Federal Government.
We deserve our share in the Queensland Plan and I doubt Mr Newman will find a city anywhere in Queensland working harder to cement its future than Rockhampton is right now.
It will take a united front to secure an NRL team, but if they can successfully put an AFL team in Greater Western Sydney then they can put an NRL team in football-mad CQ.