NRL brings rugby league fo­rums to North Bur­nett

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE North Bur­nett prayed to the rugby league gods, and they de­liv­ered.

The NRL an­nounced it would hold talks in the North Bur­nett to dis­cuss the sport’s fu­ture af­ter the gov­ern­ing body iden­ti­fied the re­gion’s dwin­dling par­tic­i­pa­tion as an area of con­cern.

NRL game developmen­t man­ager for Cen­tral Queens­land, Richard Dug­dale, said he was de­ter­mined to see the Cen­tral Bur­nett Rugby League flour­ish.

Com­mu­nity fo­rums will be held in both Monto and Gayn­dah next week.

On the agenda are the fu­ture growth prospects of both the ju­nior and se­nior rugby league com­pe­ti­tions in the North Bur­nett.

Dug­dale said he hopes it will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for stake­hold­ers in the re­gion to have their say and help save game.

“We wanted to fol­low through on our prom­ise of hold­ing a com­mu­nity fo­rum,” Dug­dale said.

“The North Bur­nett has been iden­ti­fied as a re­gion that re­quires sup­port.

“The aim of the fo­rum is to iden­tify the ar­eas of con­cern and dis­cuss pos­i­tive fu­ture strate­gies.

“We want to find pro­duc­tive so­lu­tions.

“Any­one that has an in­ter­est in rugby league and is con­cerned or wishes to fur­ther pro­mote the game is en­cour­aged to at­tend.”

NRL, QRL and CBRL rep­re­sen­ta­tives will be present.

Ad­min­is­tra­tors re­mind those wish­ing to at­tend that dis­cus­sions will be car­ried out in a con­struc­tive and re­spect­ful man­ner.

This is the golden op­por­tu­nity pas­sion­ate in­di­vid­u­als within the sport have been cry­ing out for.

Ev­ery­one is en­cour­aged to get be­hind this ini­tia­tive. You can show your sup­port by at­tend­ing.

■ Monto – Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 19, at Monto Hall from 6.30–8.30pm.

■ Gayn­dah – Thurs­day, Septem­ber 20, at Gayn­dah Hall from 6.30–8.30pm.

PHOTO: MICHAEL CHAM­BERS

FIRED UP: The league com­mu­nity is fi­nally get­ting its chance to talk about the fu­ture of bush­footy.

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