CQ NRL Bid chief executive Denis Keeffe and chairman Geoff Murphy.
CQ NRL Bid chief executive Denis Keeffe and chairman Geoff Murphy. Guy Williams

WIN’s Tim Gilbert supports CQ NRL - music to Bid's ears

IT IS the logical place for an NRL team to go but for too long, rugby league heartland - regional Queensland - has been ignored says Nine Network's Tim Gilbert.

Last Sunday, Mr Gilbert and his panel on the Sunday Roast TV show discussed the NRL team congestion in New South Wales, and he said CQ could no longer be overlooked as a place to base a team.

It was music to CQ NRL Bid CEO Denis Keeffe's ears.

The hype surrounding Cronulla Sharks' proposed relocation to CQ had opened discussions about licence transfers, and more and more people were seeing validity in the CQ NRL Bid's case, Keeffe said.

The CQ NRL Bid recently received the first instalment of the promised $500,000 from the federal government to fund the build of the 22,000 seat stadium, and the licensing and approval stage of the project had commenced.

"The consultants will analyse all the criteria about the sites - traffic flow, financial, environmental, social impacts ... we will listen to the experts here," Keeffe said. He hoped to have the committee in place during the next two weeks.



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