NRL bid stronger as Gallop visits
AHEAD of next month's visit from NRL CEO David Gallop, organisers of the CQ NRL Bid are busily preparing to showcase what the Central Queensland region can offer.
Gallop will visit Gladstone, Rockhampton, Emerald and Mackay during his visit to the region and CQ NRL Bid chief executive Denis Keeffe is confident the NRL CEO will be impressed.
At this stage, it's up to the region to make a big impression, after Gallop has almost certainly given the tick to the club's financial viability after the team recently announced its new major sponsor.
“That's where we're very strong,” Keeffe said.
Speaking at the CQ NRL Bid's luncheon this week in Rockhampton, QR National General Manager for Corporate Affairs and Stakeholders Paul Cronin said he was pleased with their involvement with the CQ NRL Bid. Keeffe agreed, saying the Central Queensland region is home to nearly half of the rail company's 9000 employees.
Along with the stamp of approval from Premier Anna Bligh for a new stadium if the bid is successful, Keefe is confident of filling the proposed 20,000 seat stadium.
“We'd have it full for the first five years,” he said.
“People have indicated they'll come into town in the droves.”
Special guests at the breakfast, which coincided with the NRL Grand Final breakfast in Sydney, was South Sydney Rabbitohs fullback Rhys Wesser, the Brisbane Broncos' Ben Hunt and State of Origin legend Gary Larsen, who Keeffe would love to have involved in the club in the future.