Newman plays it safe with stadium
CQ NRL Bid chief executive Denis Keeffe is confident LNP leader Campbell Newman will see the sense in building a stadium for Central Queensland.
Mr Keeffe yesterday backed Mr Newman's early position not to promise government funding towards a CQ stadium until he had been presented with all relevant information.
In Rockhampton on Sunday, Mr Newman refused to commit to a stadium until he had more details.
Premier Anna Bligh has already committed a Labor Government to building a stadium.
Bid chairman Geoff Murphy briefly met Mr Newman on Sunday and he and Mr Keeffe will travel to Brisbane in the near future to meet with the former Brisbane Lord Mayor.
“Geoff said he (Newman) was very positive about the whole concept,” Mr Keeffe said.
“Anna Bligh has backed up her commitment in writing and it's our task to replicate this with the LNP.
“I'm confident Mr Newman will do this once he has analysed the facts.”
He said building a stadium fitted well with government plans to develop regions.
Meanwhile, Mr Keeffe hit out at those feeding the misconception the State Government was gifting a stadium to the bid team. He said a CQ NRL side would have to pay a substantial amount of money to use the facility.
“This is not a free ride,” Mr Keeffe said.
He said the NRL side would be the anchor tenant. However, the stadium would be used by other sporting, and entertainment groups.
“We would provide about half of its usage,” Mr Keeffe said.
Business arrangements operate at Queensland stadiums, including Skilled Park, Suncorp and Dairy Farmers, which all generate income for the government.