Push for NRL team in Central Queensland continues - Keeffe
WITH four other locations bidding for an NRL stadium, Denis Keeffe and the rest of the CQ NRL Bid team are continuing to push to get an NRL team to represent CQ.
He said an NRL team would be a positive step forward for the region, promoting tourism and providing an economic stimulus.
"I think it's the most important decision, socially and economically, that this region has had for probably a lifetime," he said.
"My only concern is that we need to have a world class corporate stadium."
The former federal government granted the CQ NRL Bid money for the licensing and approvals stage of the stadium, and Denis said that process should be completed by this time next year.
Once the licensing and approvals stage is complete, the project will be put out to tender.
"Four other places want to build footy stadiums, we want to let CQ know we're in a battle here," he said.
Denis said the stadium would include a 1,000 seat convention centre that would become a vital community asset, not just one football fans can enjoy.
"Browne Park will still maintain, there's no threat there," he said.
Denis said they have proven their viability and the NRL had checked off on it.
He also emphasised the importance of the program at a grassroots level, with the junior development programs putting an emphasis on player welfare.
"It's about providing an opportunity for young men," he said.
"If we don't have a program here, they have to go away.
"We want to make them good players and good people." Kobe and Zac Hetherington, 14, are part of the U/14 junior development squad.
They said football is somethign they'd like to pursue in the future, and it was good to know they wouldn't have to leave home to do so.
"I hope to keep the camps happening," Kobe said.
"It would be good to keep building on it."