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Wednesday, 29th August, 2012

New heights for QLD with economic building blocks laid by Central QLD icon

Geoffrey Murphy is responsible for three billion dollars in development and construction throughout Central Queensland over the past 50 years, however his leadership and service to the region must be considered just as valuable.

His contribution to Central Queensland, the heartland of the state’s booming resources sector, has long been second-to-none and all Queenslanders stand to benefit from his continued influence on the development and engagement of this area, so crucial to our state’s economic growth.

Commercially, Murphy’s impact in the area has largely come through the work of the JM Kelly Group of Companies, of which his is the Managing Director and owner, and which is Queensland’s largest diversified and privately-owned construction business. As well as overseeing billions of dollars of regional construction, he has led the education and training of more than 500 tradesmen and women across the JM Kelly Group. He also hosts more than a hundred apprentices and trainees each year over the four JM Kelly Group sites in Rockhampton, Gladstone, Mackay, and Brisbane.

Being the Chairman of Beef Australia Ltd and owning two commercial beef cattle properties in Central Queensland, he is also at ease with connecting with the region’s rural communities.

This connection with the Central Queensland community is also fostered through Murphy’s leadership and service to the area. Murphy has advised the state and federal government on the needs of small business, large private-sector organisations, as well as regional and rural providers. As a business graduate of Harvard University and a two-time Queensland Executive of the Year, his input is valued and sort-after. His Rockhampton-based air service, Kelly Aviation, also regularly flies individuals and families in need to and from Brisbane and most recently contributed resources to the 2011 flood recovery.

Murphy’s passion outside his family and work is Rugby League and from this passion stems the potential for Murphy to create an economic building block like none other for Central Queensland and Queensland as a whole.

His active support of Rugby League can be traced back to his role as a founding Director of the Rockhampton Brothers Rugby League Club and his membership of the 1980 Initiative, providing mentors to Queensland State of Origin players.

However as Chairman of the Central Queensland NRL Bid his current mission is to earn the go-ahead to establish the region’s own National Rugby League team, based in Rockhampton.

The Central Queensland bid has already received strong community, corporate and government support ahead of Australian Rugby League Commission’s decision whether to expand the National Rugby League competition as early as the 2015 season. Whatever decisions are made, Murphy has indicated that he and the Central Queensland NRL Bid team are here for the long run.

More than 40,000 rugby league fans have become members of the Central Queensland bid and more than 150 corporate partners, including QR National, have committed their support.

The Queensland Government has also committed to building a new state-of-the-art stadium in Rockhampton if the bid is successful and the financial strength of the region makes the venture low risk - according to data released by the Queensland Government in 2011, the economy of the Central Queensland NRL Bid territory represents nearly 20 per cent of Queensland’s economic activity and shows no signs of slowing up. CEO of the Central Queensland NRL Bid Denis Keeffe is also former CEO of the North Queensland Cowboys, who became National Rugby League grand finalists within four years of his leadership.

Keeffe says Geoffrey Murphy is the biggest asset of the Central Queensland bid team and the economic benefits for all Queenslanders to enjoy from the bid are very real.

“Geoff’s commercial success speaks volumes about his ability to lead not just viable, but lucrative ventures, and the fact he counts the love and loyalty of his family as his greatest accomplishment says even more about his character,” Mr Keeffe said. “It makes perfect sense that all Queenslanders stand to benefit from the development and engagement of the heartland of our booming resources sector and essentially our economy. “According to DEEDI, the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, the coal industry alone in Central Queensland is expected to continue to grow between 7 and 10 per cent per year over the next 5 to 10 years. “It’s clear the importance of Central Queensland to Queensland’s economic growth is not a passing fad and our message is, nor is the Central Queensland NRL Bid – we look forward to continued momentum as we gain more and more community, corporate and government support,” he said.

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The Rock, Boom Logistics & JMK Sponsor CQ NRL Bid Junior Development Program

The CQ NRL Bid today announced its major sponsors for the 2012 Junior Development Program. Building on the success of an outstanding inaugural program in 2011 the CQ NRL Bid have partnered with leading Central Queensland companies The Rock, Boom Logistics and the JM Kelly Group to improve and extend the program in 2012.


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Talking about the games against SE QLD schools/sides and not holding back on development progression using resources

Thanks to The Rock, Boom Logistics and JMK

From WIN News, 31 August 2012

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Keeffe calls for rail to go west

Kerri-Anne Mesner | 3rd September 2012 5:10 AM

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CQ NRL Bid CEO Denis Keeffe.



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A FAST-TRAIN rail service from Rockhampton to Bundaberg would be even better if the proposal included a line to western towns.

CQ NRL Bid chief executive Denis Keeffe said the rail service proposed by Capricorn Enterprise, to go via Gladstone, would be great for the community for work and recreation purposes.

Mr Keeffe was one of the people interviewed for the pre-feasibility study, which was handed over to the State Government last week.

"I think it's the most wonderful idea ever," he said.

"It should also be connected to the Central Highlands."

The line would provide Bundaberg, Gladstone and Emerald faster access to Rockhampton which would benefit the CQ NRL Bid.

The pre-feasibility study for the fast-rail proposal is now in the hands of Transport Minister Scott Emerson.

It's up to the State Government to decide if the next step, a feasibility study, is undertaken.

The proposal showed a three-car electric train running at a 70% load rate could travel between Rockhampton and Bundaberg in less than an hour and take 177 cars off the road every day.

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Barba's stellar season

5th September 2012 10:00 AM

AFTER a near Cinderella season, Mackay's Ben Barba is now considered among the best players in the NRL.

Mackay’s Ben Barba has gone from strength to strength this year and was tipped to take the Dally M player of the year award last night.

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AFTER a near Cinderella season, Mackay's Ben Barba is now considered among the best players in the NRL.

He capped off a stellar year by running away with the prestigious Dally M Medal at a gala function at Sydney Town Hall last night.

He finished the home-and-always rounds with 32 votes, six ahead of Cowboys' Matt Bowen (26) and seven ahead of Storm halfback Cooper Cronk.

Barba finished the regular NRL season equal leading try scorer with 21, alongside Cowboys' Ashley Graham.

The dynamic Canterbury fullback also had more line-breaks than any other NRL player this season.

Barba earned favouritism for winning the Dally M Medal last night, the league's highest individual honour, after a season that yielded several length-of-the-field tries.

The fringe Queensland player has thrived under the coaching of Des Hasler and is now an NRL force.

Mackay rugby league fan and identity Alf Abdullah said Barba deserved the prestigious award, after a five-star performance over the past month.

Abdullah praised Barba's brilliance and noted his near man-of-the-match efforts over the past month were why many had claimed he had been the NRL's best player.

"His last four or five games have been outstanding," he said of the former Mackay player.

Abdullah said Hasler's work with Barba had made him a near complete player this season.

"Hasler has done a lot of work him, particularly in defence, and that has improved that part of his game immensely," he said.

Dad Ken Barba, speaking from Sydney yesterday, said his son had his eye firmly on winning the grand final.

"His form this season has been a credit to Canterbury for showing faith in him. Whatever happens we'll be proud of him."

Mackay rugby league patron Col Grosskreutz felt Barba would go close to a bench spot for the Maroons next season.

A humbled Barba was also crowned Fullback of the Year and claimed the Provan-Summons People's Choice Award and the Peter Frilingos Memorial Award for that magical length-of-the-field try he set up for Josh Morris against the Storm in round 16.

All that remains now is for Barba to cap a season to remember with a premiership, starting with Manly this Friday night at ANZ Stadium.

Barba highlights the continued production line of CQ talent.

11 Juniors in the NRL Finals Week 1 (included players on extended bench)

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"The CQ NRL Bid is off to Mackay this Saturday. This is your chance to ask the CEO, Denis Keeffe, and our Chairman, Geoff Murphy, all your questions. We will be at the Mackay Junior Rugby League Grand Finals at Virgin Australia Stadium so come in and see us and also watch some great footy as the Juniors give it their best."

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Well Done to the CQ Bid Group B)

Have to admire their option to stay positive & await more solid info from the ARLC.

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Rest assured CQ Rugby League fans, we are patient and committed so we will not give up the fight for our own NRL Club in CQ.

From the tenor of this thread, that much is clear.

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Wednesday, 12 September 2012


The CQ NRL Bid has renewed its sponsorship of the QRL Central Division for 2012/2013. The sponsorship helps fund the highly successful Holiday Camps run in Rockhampton and also includes front-of-jersey sponsorship of the U/13s, U/14s and U/16s CQ Capras junior teams.

The sponsorship comes despite recent disparaging comments from the QRL’s Central Capricorn Region that was aired on WIN News two weeks ago. CQ NRL Bid CEO said that while the comments had jeopardised the sponsorship renewal, the CQ NRL Bid did not want vital grassroots development to be impaired.

“The CQ NRL Bid did receive assurances from the QRL Central Division that the recent comments were not representative of the Division’s views and attitudes towards the Bid. The meeting with the QRL Central Division was very productive and we feel confident the two organisations can work closely together to achieve positive outcomes for rugby league into the future.” Keeffe said.

QRL Central Division Chairman Michael Borland agreed with Keeffe that the future looked bright for rugby league in the region.

“The comments were regrettable. The CQ NRL Bid has seen fit to continue this vital sponsorship that is so beneficial to the juniors in the Central Queensland region. The CQ NRL Bid has the full unequivocal support of the QRL Central Division in their quest for an NRL team in our region.”

The CQ NRL Bid is committed to progressing rugby league in Central Queensland through its suite of Grassroots Program including the QR National Schools Program, the QR National Scholarship Program and the CQ NRL Bid Junior Development Program. In addition the CQ NRL Bid provides vital sponsorships to local league organisations and in-kind sponsorships to local clubs throughout CQ.

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CEO, Denis Keeffe, on Fox Sports News today.

QLD's economy isn't stronger than NSW, hmm that's a new one. Some of the biggest companies in the world and Australia are on board already

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Young Willy gets helping hand

Michelle Curran | 26th September 2012 11:23 AM

PROUD parents John and Robyn Mohr, from Clermont, watched as their 14-year-old son, William, spoke at a press conference in his honour at CQ Leagues Club.

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PROUD parents John and Robyn Mohr, from Clermont, watched as their 14-year-old son, William, spoke at a press conference in his honour at CQ Leagues Club.

They had travelled to Rockhampton to collect their son following a four-day CQ NRL Bid junior development squad training camp at Rockhampton Grammar School.

Fortunately, the Mohrs could sit in on yesterday's press conference to hear their son had become the first recipient of the new CQ Pentag-Nidera Sports and Education Bursary. "This is the part I like ... that the bursary will be a big help for mum and dad," John Mohr chuckled, pointing at the information sheet about the bursary.

As part of the bursary, the Mohr family receives substantial financial assistance towards sports and educational costs throughout the year, which William said would be very useful.

"It will help me a fair bit with travel. I live in basically the middle of nowhere and it is not always cheap to get around...every day it takes me two hours to travel to my school Marist College in Emerald, and then two hours back again. I'm pretty excited to receive this award," said William, who plays in the forwards for the under-13 team.

William is one of five children who have grown up on the Mohr farm 50km out of Clermont. He started playing league at the age of seven because his older brother played, and he has grown into a promising competitor.

Leading grain company Pentag-Nidera recently approached the CQ NRL Bid team, expressing their desire to help one of the junior boys whose family lived on the land, CQ NRL Bid business and community development manager Walson Carlos said.

"William immediately came to mind. He's a constructive player and also very humble.

"We've been keeping an eye on him for a while, he's made the Queensland under-13 side and he's a good kid, from a good family," Carlos said.

Meanwhile, the four-day camp in Rockhampton was very successful. Mohr said both the under-13 and under-14 squads trained several times and were well prepared for next month's southern tour.

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Camp full of aspiring league stars

Michelle Curran | 27th September 2012 10:20 AM

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RMB_27-09-2012_SPORT_05_ROK260912aleague1.1_t325.jpg Joshua Ambrose-Robinson enjoys a friendly game of tag-footy during the QRL Mod Camp.

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CENTRAL Queensland fans just can't get enough of rugby league.

This week, Rockhampton Grammar School is hosting this year's biggest CQ NRL Bid-sponsored Queensland Rugby League Mod Camp, with more than 110 kids taking part.

"We run these programs every year throughout the state, and this one in Rocky is definitely the biggest one we've had all year," QRL education development officer and camp manager Dominic Draper said.

In the four years the camps have been up and running, enrolment numbers at the Rockhampton camp have doubled.

"We have a waiting list of kids wanting to attend and I was still getting phone calls from people when the camp started on Tuesday," Draper said.

Children from Longreach, Barcaldine, Emerald, Blackwater, Springsure, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Marlborough, Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast have enrolled in the four-day camp.

Its focus is on the development of rugby league players aged between 10 and 12.

"So far, the kids are having a great time. We are doing drills, learning new skills, learning about rugby league and what it is like to spend time away from mum and dad," Draper said.

CQ NRL Bid business and community development manager Walson Carlos said the CQ NRL Bid was very happy to be major sponsor of such an important event for grassroots development of rugby league in the region.

"The CQ NRL Bid is committed to developing the grassroots of rugby league in Central Queensland and I want to commend the QRL, and in particular Dominic Draper and his team, for providing this wonderful opportunity for the young players to enjoy some fun footy activities in their holidays," Carlos said.

The Bid is committed to advancing rugby league in CQ through the QR National Schools Program, the QR National Scholarship Program and the CQ NRL Bid Junior Development Program.

It also sponsors local league organisations and clubs throughout CQ.

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Nine boss keen for NRL expansion

Michelle Curran | 28th September 2012 10:01 AM

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TYING up two-and-a-half hours of Channel 9 boss David Gyngell's time was a coup for CQ NRL Bid campaigners Denis Keeffe and Geoff Murphy.

Channel Nine Network chief executive David Gyngell (right) can see the value of another Queensland team.



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TYING up two-and-a-half hours of Channel 9 boss David Gyngell's time was a coup for CQ NRL Bid campaigners Denis Keeffe and Geoff Murphy.

The CQ NRL Bid chief executive and chairman were on a recent mission in Sydney to discuss NRL expansion and the inclusion of a Central Queensland-based team with Gyngell.

Having arrived an hour early for their meeting at Channel 9's Willoughby office, they were just getting comfortable when the receptionist approached the pair.

"She asked who we were, and we were suddenly ushered into his office straight away ... he is such a busy man and to sit down with him for two-and-a-half hours was very encouraging," Keeffe said on his return to Rockhampton.

"Gyngell had a fair bit to say about it, and where a team should go. He is an absolute rugby league nut."

The Rockhampton pair were buoyed by Gyngell's support of expansion and the addition of another Queensland team to the present 16-team NRL competition.

"Many people have got it into their heads that NRL expansion was off the cards for the next five years following last month's $1 billion broadcasting agreement with Nine and Fox Sports," Keeffe said.

"But Gyngell said that was just the assumption people had made because it was not mentioned in the announcement. He also said expansion was not brought up at all during negotiations for the TV deal, but it was something he could not overlook."

Of particular interest to Gyngell, was the ninth game in the NRL draw which, through Australian anti-siphoning laws, would have to be shown on Free-to-Air TV (Channel 9).

"The idea of scheduling a local Queensland derby for this ninth game was appealing to him. Derby games between the Broncos, Titans and Cowboys always rate off the scale in Queensland.

"Queenslanders consume rugby league at a rate like no other, and with so many Sydney-based teams already in the competition, it made sense to Gyngell to include another Queensland team in the mix - which would also provide variety," he said.

An Ipswich-based team or a team in Gosford were also viable options for Gyngell. These teams posed serious competition to a Central Queensland team, despite the fact a team in CQ was likely to prove as popular with the public as the North Queensland Cowboys.

During the same visit to Sydney, Keeffe and Murphy also met Fox Sports chief executive Patrick Delany.

"A 17-team competition appealed to Delaney ... Fox Sports would not get any extra games in their TV coverage, but they would most likely see subscriptions increase, with supporters wanting to watch their new team - especially for away games," Keeffe said.

The strategic importance of expansion from 16 to 18 teams for the NRL was also raised at the meetings with Gyngell and Delany.

"The heartland of the game needs to be secured against the expansion ambitions of the AFL.

"The AFL have published their expansion plans and these plans include another AFL team located in the rugby league heartland of regional Queensland. A CQ NRL team would lock up the east coast of Australia for the NRL for generations and effectively block the AFL in regional Queensland," he said.

The next six months are crucial for the CQ NRL Bid.

"The plan is due out late this year or early 2013, and we could know by then if we have a team in the competition," Keeffe said.

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Jump on board and let's get a team

Lisa Maynard | 9th October 2012 8:02 AM

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CQ NRL Bid Gladstone director Peter White urges everyone who wants to see a local team playing in the national league to get online.

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THE CQ NRL Bid set a target of 100,000 members, which they hoped to reach by the end of the year.

Membership is just over 40,000, which prompts the question: have you become an online member yet?

Earlier on in the year, bid chief executive Denis Keeffe said he wanted at least 10,000 of those 100,000 members to come from Gladstone.

CQ NRL Bid Gladstone director Peter White encourages the Gladstone public to embrace the project.

White said that apart from the obvious economic and social benefits that having a Central Queensland-based NRL club will have, there would also be an enormous benefit to local junior and senior rugby league players, as they would have a direct path to the best rugby league competition in the world.

"Not only that, but they will be able to remain in their own region with the supporting network of their own family and friends," he said.

"That is a huge plus for our players and something which at the moment is non-existent."

White said support was great at the moment and he knew everyone really wanted to see the CQ NRL bid be granted a licence.

"I think a lot of people, however, are unwilling to allow themselves to believe that it could really happen," he said.

"I understand this.

"However the best way that people can assist in ensuring that it will happen is to get online and become a member. It's free and it is vitally important.

"I urge anyone who really wants to see and experience our own NRL team to take two minutes of their time and show their support."

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eep the faith in bid

Lisa Maynard | 9th October 2012 7:42 AM

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CQ NRL Bid chairman Denis Keeffe is confident a new team will be added to the league.

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HAVE faith, it will happen.

That's the message CQ NRL Bid chief executive Denis Keeffe wants to get across.

After Australian Rugby League Commission chairman John Grant's recent comments to The Queensland Times and other outside speculation on NRL expansion after the Nine and Fox Sports recent broadcasting announcement, Keeffe said he wanted to let people know that they should hold the line.

"This thing's not going away," he said.

Keeffe said it was only a week and half ago that he and bid chairman Geoff Murphy spoke to Channel 9 boss David Gyngell and Fox Sports chief executive Patrick Delany in Sydney, at which time neither party had ruled out the advantage of additional teams.

He said Gyngell believed there needed to be another Queensland team in the league sooner rather than later.

Both Gyngell and Delany were on stage when the broadcasting announcement was made, so their support was nothing to shrug off.

"I haven't had anything confirmed by John Grant," Keeffe said.

"I am very confident that we have made a compelling argument. It's business as usual for us."

Keeffe said a team in CQ was likely to prove as popular with the public as the North Queensland Cowboys, and nothing should be assumed until NRL's strategic plan was finalised.

The NRL Commission's board will meet on Friday, when the expansion issue and the strategic plan will be discussed.

ARLC media manager John Brady said he would not pre-empt the meeting's result.

"The strategic plan will be discussed at the meeting and we'll be closer to it at that point, but there is no set time frame for the release of the plan," Mr Brady said.

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CQ NRL bid on the agenda

TICK tock. Tick tock.

Decisions at a NRL Commission board meeting today could bring a timeline and criteria for expansion of the league.

However, don't hold your breath for an announcement by the end of the day.

That is how CQ NRL Bid chief executive officer Denis Keeffe thinks.

The board meeting today will discuss the NRL Commission's strategic plan, of which any future expansion would be part.

"Some of the things in the strategic plan have already been implemented," Keeffe said.

He said any decision at the meeting could be weeks before being announced publicly as there were a number of bodies to report to.

"I think they will set some criteria and timelines," Keeffe said.

Meanwhile, the bid's development squads will head to Brisbane on Wednesday to play against Marsden State High School.

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Murphy green with envy Wowed by NFL fans

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CQ NRL BID: Central Queensland NRL Bid chairman Geoff Murphy is still reeling from an incredible experience that would cause sports fans to turn green with envy.

Murphy returned to Rockhampton on Monday following a trip to the United States, where he caught up with Mark Murphy, chief executive and president of the Green Bay Packers' franchise.

"Mark (Murphy) invited me to sit in the executive box at Lambeau Field to watch the fourth round match against the Saints.

The executive committee are a really nice bunch of people and they really lay it on for you in the box," Murphy said.

While the crowds piled into fill the 73, 094 capacity stadium in Green Bay, people dressed in Packers' memorabilia partied in the streets surrounding the Green Bay venue, which was closed off to traffic.

"They keep partying until well after was only early on in the season - football is like religion to the Green Bay fans," Murphy said.

"Before kick off, four air force jets flew overhead, and the 300 piece Wisconsin Brass Band performed - they also played at halftime and again at fulltime. They say they are the best brass band in the States, and they were magnificent."

The game was a close one, with the Green Bay Packers narrowly defeating the New Orleans Saints by a point - thrilling the droves of fans that had flocked to the Packers' home ground.

While Murphy prefers watching rugby league, he was starting to understand gridiron, especially after one of the executive members spent some time explaining the rules to him.

Earlier this year, Murphy met the Packer's CEO/President in Wisconsin, where he clinched a "sister club" agreement with the NFL's most successful franchise.

During that visit, Mark Murphy agreed to come to Rockhampton for Central Queensland's first match in the NRL.

Last month's visit to Wisconsin was to develop the relationship established in January and the opportunity to attend the Packers' game and experience the passion of NFL fans, was the highlight of his trip, Geoff Murphy said.

He added the Packers' franchise was inspirational, and one of his major aims was to duplicate what the Green Bay Packers had done to become so successful.

"The similarities with Green Bay and Rockhampton is amazing - meat packing is the major industry, Green Bay have a population of around 100,000 - Rockhampton has 120,000 people...even our surnames are the same which is ironic," Geoff Murphy said referring to the Packer's CEO.

"We could learn a lot from them."

During Murphy's visit to America, he also took a tour of Cowboys Stadium, the impressive home ground for the Dallas Cowboys, in Arlington, Texas. The stadium, which seats 80,000, opened in 2009 and cost US$1.3 billion to complete.

"The four sided TV screen was worth US$40 million alone...when you compare the stadium to the one we would build here in CQ, which would seat 20000 people for AU$150-160 million, it is absolutely mind-boggling."

Meanwhile, Murphy and the CQ NRL Bid team are waiting for the NRL Strategic Plan to be released before February, when they will learn if NRL expansion will go ahead.

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The CQ NRL Bid's South-East Junior Development tour begins on Wednesday, the two squads fly down early Wednesday morning than leave Saturday afternoon (having the opportunity to do a recovery session and tour at GC Titans Centre of Excellence).

Match Times:

Thursday, 18th October, 2012

1.30pm – U/13s CQ NRL Bid v Marsden SHS

2.30pm – U/14s CQ NRL Bid v Marsden SHS

Friday, 19th October, 2012

2.00pm – U/13s CQ NRL Bid v Keebra Park SHS

3.00pm – U/14s CQ NRL Bid v Keebra Park SHS

For non-Qlders (Keebra Park are probably the strongest rugby league school in QLD and obviously GC Titans territory, while Marsden are one of the stronger Brisbane schools and in Logan so "Western Corridor bid" but atm anyone's area really)

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