JT future priority for CEO
Asked how the State Government’s $ 30 million pledge for a Brisbane netball centre lined up with its $ 100 million contribution ceiling for Townsville’s sports stadium, Tonner said: “All governments are trying to be fair to everybody. We have to work with them to take that message that it ( the Townsville stadium) is the right thing for the state.
“Our chairman has been involved in it ( with) local, state and federal ( governments). The long- term strategy of the club is important, to have those facilities and what comes around a stadium.
“It will also support all of North Queensland.’’
An advantage for Tonner of serving out four months with Optus in Sydney is that he was able to meet often with senior NRL staff, who have not been able in the past to allay suspicions in North Queensland that the Cowboys are not getting fair treatment.
“I have found the NRL very keen to try to support us and I continue to work on lifting their awareness ( of the issues important to the Cowboys),’’ he said.
“The NRL is a growing, evolving business like us.
“The focus for us as a club is to continually keep high levels of communication with the officials.’’
Townsville- raised, Tonner has worked in cities including Brisbane, London and Sydney for companies as diverse as Coopers and Lybrand, Walt Disney and Optus.
“I have a finance background and I will have a strong financial focus on growing the club,’’ he said.
“I want our brand to be seen nationwide. The rest of the world is digitalising.”
Cowboys CEO Greg Tonner.