Bligh makes Rocky stadium promise
PREMIER Anna Bligh yesterday promised her government would build a 25,000-seat stadium in Rockhampton if the CQ NRL bid gets the okay.
After meeting the bid team’s bosses on Sunday night, Bligh wanted to make it absolutely clear the government was committed to the region and funding for a stadium, which could cost about $140 million, wouldn’t be a stumbling block.
She will put in writing her government’s stadium commitment. The move means the bid’s chief executive, Denis Keeffe, will go to the NRL armed with the backing of Queensland’s most powerful politician.
Bligh said the stadium would be similar to the Gold Coast’s Skilled Park.
She said in a region such as Central Queensland there would be strong corporate support to be involved in the stadium’s development.
“We understand this will require a sizeable investment,” shesaid.
Keeffe welcomed the move and said it eliminated the biggest impediment to convincing the NRL that Central Queensland deserved a licence.