Joanne Smith reads a letter detailing the proposed name change at Brothers Leagues Club.
Joanne Smith reads a letter detailing the proposed name change at Brothers Leagues Club. ALLAN REINIKKA AR

Brothers up in arms

ROCKHAMPTON’S Joanne Smith doesn’t want to see the club her father was a life member of change names.

Joanne is against Brothers Leagues Club changing name to CQ Bid Leagues Club.

The club’s name will be determined at an extraordinary general meeting of members on Tuesday, December 8, at the popular South Rockhampton venue.

While Joanne is not against the CQ NRL bid, she doesn’t believe the name change is necessary.

“I feel it is part of Rockhampton history and this history will be lost if the name changes,” said Joanne, who regularly goes to the club with friends.

She said her parents, Ken, who died four years ago, and Pat Smith, loved the club.

Earlier this month chairman of the CQ NRL Bid Geoff Murphy and Brothers Leagues Club chairman Stephen Parle stood shoulder to shoulder as they announced the bid team’s plans to take a controlling interest in the club.

The bid team intends to set up its administrative headquarters at the leagues club, which is in line for refurbishment and improved facilities after the move.

The proposal has the support of Brothers’ football clubs – both seniors and juniors, but needs to be voted for by club members.

Yesterday, Mr Parle said he could understand concerns about the name change, but he hoped most members would look to the future and the long-term security the move provided.

He said the leagues club operated in an increasingly competitive environment on the city’s southside, which would become even more intense if the NRL bid team was to set up a rival site nearby.

“I want our club to be around in 30 years time and this ensures that,” Mr Parle said.

“For members the club will continue to provide good facilities and good service, in fact we will provide a better club in the future.”

He said Brothers would retain its name on the sporting field and have a presence on the board.

Members of the CQ NRL bid team, including Mr Murphy, were late yesterday on their way to Longreach for the central west regional launch and unable to make a more detailed comment than the move represented “a win-win for all parties concerned”.

Mr Murphy was expected to tell civic leaders, business representatives and outback rugby league identities they could expect promotional appearances by NRL players, coaching clinics and even pre-season trial games in the central west, if a Central Queensland-based NRL side was established.

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