Rocky jibes ?sour grapes

TO SUGGEST world-renowned freestyle motocross troupe Crusty Demons have accepted "second best'' by choosing Gladstone to host their spectacular sounds like sour grapes, according to The Observer's general manager Peter White.

Rockhampton's Morning Bulletin newspaper yesterday splashed front page headlines questioning why the spectacular event should be held in Gladstone.

The city's acting mayor Jim Webber in the story even commented what a shame it was that they would accept "second best'' in relation to Gladstone.

But Mr White said organisers were more than willing to host the event in Gladstone because of the level of community and business support for similar events in the past.

"This is a go-getting city and the fact they we can successfully host events like the Legends matches, Harbour Festival and State Eisteddfod, was all the proof organisers needed for them to know we can host an event of this magnitude,'' Mr White said.

"And why should Rocky automatically think they should be the city to host events of this nature?

"They shouldn't let the one-hour drive to Gladstone put them off because they are sure to enjoy the show.''

He said organisers had even stated that they prefer to host these events at football grounds because they want the crowd to get closer to the action.

Gladstone mayor Peter Corones yesterday said he hoped residents from the "northern suburbs'' come along to see how well Gladstone could host inter- national standard events such as the Crusty Demons.

"Whenever I go to Rocky I'm often approached by people saying I wish we had the can-do attitude that the city of Gladstone and its people promote,'' Cr Corones said. "And that has put us in good stead.

"You've just got to look at last year's State Tourism Conference.

"They held a tourism conference in an industrial city and it proved to be one of the best ever held.

"I'd just like to tell Rockhampton residents: 'Come to Gladstone and be surprised'.''

"We've got all the capabilities here. "There is no such thing as 'no', or 'can't do'. "The only thing we know here is 'can-do'.

"This event will be just another great challenge for us and we'll prove yet again that we can do it.



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