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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Economic Development
    The Honourable Bill Byrne
    Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Mick de Brenni

    Government, Capras put on a free rugby league show at Browne Park

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Economic Development
    The Honourable Bill Byrne

    Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Mick de Brenni

    Friday, April 07, 2017

    Government, Capras put on a free rugby league show at Browne Park

    The Palaszczuk Government is working with the CQ Capras so that families in flood-hit Rockhampton can watch their rugby league clash with Mackay Cutters tomorrow (Saturday, 8 April) for free.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the people of Rockhampton were going through a traumatic time and thousands faced many more days of disruption and hard work before their lives would be back to normal.

    “We’ve got together with the Capras to help lift community spirits to help with the recovery,” the Premier said.

    “Central Queensland is rugby league’s heartland. Both Mackay and Rockhampton have been severely impacted by ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie and severe flooding that followed it.”

    “I can’t think of a more appropriate way to lift spirits than a game of rugby league. The Cowboys victory last Friday night was just what north Queensland needed.”

    The Premier said rugby league and Rockhampton floods had a historic link. The decision, in April 1918, to play rugby league in Australia’s Beef Capital followed the record flood of 10.11 metres only weeks earlier – in January that year. The President of the Central Queensland Rugby Football Union at that time was local Member of Parliament (and future State Treasurer) James Larcombe.

    Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne said he wanted the community to come together to cheer on the Capras.

    “The gates to Browne Park will be open at 1:45pm ahead of the Intrust Super Cup XXXX Rivalry Round tie with the Cutters which kicks off at 6pm,” he said.

    “The action will be starting just after 2pm for the Under 18s and then the Under 20s before the big game,” he said.

    “I’d like to see as many people as possible taking a break from the clean-up for a while.

    “I think it is important for the Cutters too as Mackay was right in the firing line when Tropical Cyclone Debbie hit land and their community is also working to put itself back together. It will be great to welcome their travelling fans.”

    Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni said he believed Rockhampton would be the winner.

    “In Airlie Beach this week, I saw the smiles on the face of kids getting to spend some time with the North Queensland Cowboys after going through hell and back with the cyclone. I want kids in Central Queensland to get that same boost too.”

    “No matter who wins this Saturday - whether it’s the Capras or the Cutters – it’s the community who will come out on top.”

    Capras CEO Dominique McGregor said the Capras players were determined to put on a great show for their community and she was particularly looking forward to welcoming the emergency workers who had helped the city cope with the latest flood.

    “I hope the SES and all those who have done such a magnificent job to keep residents safe get chance to come along,” she said.

    “About 75% of our first team are locals and they know what the community has gone through.

    “We can guarantee the on-field entertainment will be something special. There’s always a bit of an edge to our games with the Cutters as they are our local rivals,” she said.

    “Browne Park is looking really lush and in top condition.”

    Media contact: Kirby Anderson (Premier’s office) 0417 263 791