Strategic and geographic options
WHEN Longreach hosted an Intrust Super Cup game it wasn’t about growing local participation numbers.
O’Connor said that was born out of a relationship with retired Gregory MP Vaughan Johnson.
“There was no real participation growth in that one. It was more an opportunity to use the game to give the community a boost,” O’Connor said.
“That is significantly different to Emerald.
“The reason we went there was FIFO workers had left and the town economy, and the local league, needed a boost.”
Hosting an Intrust Super Cup game was “enormously successful” for Emerald and allowed Queensland Rugby League to invest in local league.
“They’ll pay for their entire 2015 expenses from that,” he said.
O’Connor stressed there was no one way hosts were determined, with every town having its own positive and negative appeal.
“Stanthorpe are in the mix this year and I know Bundaberg are in action and that’s been through the Capras,” he said.
“It’s a real combination of how and what activity takes place.
“Northern Pride and Mackay are usually left to their own devices as they have strong relationships with clubs up there and we’ve consulted with them.
“Clubs like Norths in Brisbane don’t have those community connections.
“We’ll pick a few places that are strategically important.”
BIG ROLE: Nanango MP Deb Frecklington played a major role in securing Kingaroy as a Country Week host last year.