Bamaga residents will be in for a treat when Northern Pride and Souths Logan players take to the field at Bamaga’s Yusia Ginau Oval for the Intrust Super Cup match, Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said today.
“It’s great to see Queensland Ruby League is bringing one of Queensland’s most loved sports here to Far North Queensland,” he said.
“This is about atmosphere and excitement – it’s about giving Far North Queenslanders a chance to experience all of the hype that goes hand in hand with going to a Queensland Rugby League match.
“The Northern Pride players will be wearing a unique jersey for the game, which was designed by local indigenous designer Mario Assan.
“Those playing today are an inspiration, and will hopefully inspire more kids to kick the footy around and get involved.”
Mr Pitt said the government understands the important role sport plays in the community.
“Local sport and recreation clubs are the lifeblood of communities, providing locals with opportunities to get, get out and get active,” he said.
“That’s why the Queensland Government has given $50,000 to the Northern Pride through our Sport and Recreation Active Inclusion program to assist 120 Indigenous youth in the FNQ area participate in rugby league,” he said.
“We are also providing Queensland Rugby League with $450,000 over three years to take rugby league to the Cape York and Torres Strait Island area, including Bamaga.”
The Bligh Government is committed to developing more opportunities for Queenslanders to get active.
This is in keeping with our Toward Q2: Tomorrow’s Queensland goal which is to help Queenslanders become the healthiest people in Australia.
Sport and recreation clubs and organisations are helping us work towards this goal by providing opportunities for kids to get out and be active, and hopefully form a lifelong habit of playing sport.