JT fu­ture pri­or­ity for CEO

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

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.

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