OPINION: Bundaberg doesn't need an NRL game
BUNDABERG shouldn't necessarily be focussed on hosting an NRL game.
What the region really needs is a concerted effort to develop a long-term plan to stop the loss of junior players, but I'll write more about that later this week.
Bundaberg mayor Mal Forman told the NewsMail he would have to raise $100,000 to host a major NRL clash, which 7 Local News said would have been a Brisbane Broncos match against the Manly Sea Eagles.
Colleague Jay Fielding described how he felt about the situation, and his comments about confidentiality are spot-on.
My biggest concern is nothing to do with that side of business, but solely circles the six-figure sum Bundaberg Regional Council had to guarantee the NRL.
Earlier this year I wrote about the Bundaberg Rugby League's decision to knock back an offer to host an Intrust Super Cup game.
BRL chairman Mike Ireland said the league had to guarantee Central Queensland Capras about $10,000 to host one of the club's regular season fixtures.
He said the BRL couldn't make the guarantee, and revealed the competition had lost money the last time they hosted an Intrust Super Cup game due to a lack of support.
Now take that situation, where substantially fewer funds were involved, and apply it to the NRL game that could have been.
Imagine the outcry if Cr Forman delivered Bundaberg an NRL fixture and the venture ended up costing ratepayers?
I personally believe an NRL game in Bundaberg would be incredible, and would gladly the be the first through the door and last out if it were to happen.