CQ NRL bid team’s Denis Keeffe.
CQ NRL bid team’s Denis Keeffe.

It's the $500,000 question

THE CQ NRL Bid still needs the $500,000 the Labor Party promised, if it had won the State election.

The LNP yesterday sidestepped the $500,000 question, but confirmed its commitment to a stadium within the normal budget process.

Bid chief executive officer Denis Keeffe said the $500,000 would go towards stage one, which is known as the licensing and approval stage.

He said that includes examination of the proposed site, soil testing and any necessary steps to gain ownership of the land.

Mr Keeffe said once that was done, the bid would be at "shovel ready" stage, which has to be done by the end of the year.

"It takes 22-23 months to build the stadium," he said.

"My first question to the LNP will be, 'can we start this licensing and approval stage right now?' "

Mr Keeffe said the government would own the stadium, and build it.

"This is not a donation to the bid, or the NRL team," he said.

"We will pay rent to occupy the building and the stadium as the anchor tenant. That's how Townsville (North Queensland Cowboys) works.

"It will be an investment for this community. It will be the most valuable asset Rockhampton has had."

Mr Keeffe said part of the $500,000 would pay to produce the design of the stadium.



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