Changes afoot for CQ Football
THERE are a number of proposals Geoff Foster still has to place in front of the Football Queensland board on September 3 for acceptance but one in particular he expects to be adopted is the streamlining of governance in Central Queensland.
Foster is adamant that three layers of governance for a relatively small base of players are inefficient and therefore Football Rockhampton and Football Gladstone will go.
“I see the CQ Zone, Football Gladstone and Football Rockhampton will be rationalised and replaced with an entity,” he said.
The “small” details involving the operation of this single entity have yet to be finalised with Foster returning to Central Queensland in late September when a small working group will be established to plan future local competitions.
“They will work with the clubs in community football to have a structure in place by Christmas,” he said.
“I expect the Cougars, Wildcats and JPL to be separate and have a separate cost centre.”
When asked about how the Gladstone and Rockhampton associations would be wound up he said that would happen when their functions were taken away.
“When the operation is carried out centrally there becomes no purpose to their organisation.”
Foster said monies from the two organisations would become a part of the central entity as under the tax laws a non-profit organisation is unable to pay a dividend to its “stakeholders”.
At this stage there are no plans in place for the headquarters of such an entity with Rockhampton and Gladstone currently operating from separate premises.
“They have the same overheads structure,” he said.
“Gladstone rightly asked that question as they are stronger in numbers that Rockhampton."
The chief executive is not buying into that argument of where the base should be.
“We are keen to promote Central Queensland football and not just Rockhampton or Gladstone,” he said.
Foster said FQ and the working group would be looking at the introduction of new technology but did not know, at this stage, whether an impact on current paid positions within local football might be affected.
The new entity will, however, employ a general manger.