CQ NRL Bid chairman Denis Keeffe
CQ NRL Bid chairman Denis Keeffe Chris Ison

Bundy backs bid

THE CQNRL Bid attracted a few high-profile ambassadors when it visited Bundaberg for the much-anticipated Legends of League exhibition.

Representatives of the aspiring NRL club picked the brains of the region's league forefathers and appealed for their support.

CQNRL Bid chief executive Dennis Keeffe said the discussions had given bid representatives a new perspective on their quest and re-affirmed the Bundaberg region's support.

“They can see what a modern NRL side would do for the region,” he said.

“Not only on an economic and social level but in terms of the benefit it would have for junior league competitions as well.”

The group of league legends included former Penrith Panther Sid Domic, former Australia representatives Noel Cavanagh and Col Weiss and Queensland representative Bill Pearson.

Domic said an inclusion of a Central Queensland team into the NRL competition would give local rugby league a needed boost, which would trickle down through all levels of competition.

“It's a big ask but I hope they can pull it off,” he said.

“Having an NRL club so close would take junior development to the next level and would give talented players an avenue to further their careers.”

Keeffe said the CQNRL Bid was gathering momentum, thanks to Premier Anna Bligh's promise of a 20,000-seat stadium in Rockhampton if it successful and the corporate sponsorship pledge of QR National.

So far 28,000 league lovers have signed CQNRL Bid petitions, which have been forwarded on to NRL boss David Gallop.

“This has been going for two-and-a-half years now and I think we are gathering some real momentum,” Keeffe said.

“I think we have mounted a campaign, which shows we are the obvious place for the next NRL team to enter the competition.”

The Legends of League exhibition at the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery celebrates 100 years of the game with a display of historical photographs, memorabilia, films and trophies.

Keeffe also took the time to visit the flood-affected Easts Leagues Club facilities while in Bundaberg.

The CQNRL Bid donated $5000 to the club to help with repairs.

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