CQ NRL Bid's plea for support from Fraser Coast
CQ NRL Bid representatives have forecast they will have a team playing in the competition by 2017 and reckon there is every chance one of their foundation players could come from the Fraser Coast.
CQ NRL Bid CEO Denis Keefe and chairman Geoff Murphy flew into town yesterday to present their bid strategy to more than 60 people at the Combined Chamber of Commerce Breakfast at Susan River Homestead.
It was the bid team's first attempt to spread the gospel throughout the Fraser Coast.
Keefe said they remain as committed as ever despite the Australian Rugby League Commission delaying expansion talks until 2014 and how the Fraser Coast can benefit.
"Regional Queensland is proudly different; We are not metro. We want to passionately support something that belongs to us and we think a rugby league team would probably be the core of what we want," he said.
"We think the Fraser Coast will play a vital role.
"For Fraser Coast people, rugby league dominates as a pastime for sport.
"We are trying to build a membership right across the region."
So far that membership is at 40,000 with a target of reaching 100,000, while more than 150 corporate partners have committed their support.
While the CQ NRL Bid's southern boundary extends to Bundaberg, Keefe said he was excited to build a presence on the Fraser Coast which will spike once they help resurrect a Bundaberg Intrust Super Cup (formerly known as Queensland Cup) program.
He said the Fraser Coast was a "wonderful" breeding ground for NRL talent and hoped local juniors would come through their development programs and end up playing for CQ in the NRL.
"We want to base a Q Cup program in Bundaberg to involve the Fraser Coast and the greater Wide Bay area," he said.
"After school there is clearly no defined pathway for talented people and for the mass of people who participate (in rugby league).
"Our idea is to provide those pathways and provide opportunities. We are working with people in Bundaberg to set up a steering committee.
"We think we will be up and running by 2014 or 2015."
To support the CQ NRL Bid, visit www.cqnrlbid.com.au and become a Bid or corporate member.