The proponents behind a push for a new super-stadium in Townsville are seething at reports the State Government has already committed funding for a stadium in Rockhampton.
The head of Rockhampton's bid for a top flight rugby league team, Denis Keeffe, was quoted this week saying Sport Minister Steve Dickson "personally delivered" the "great news" that a stadium would be built if Central Queensland received an NRL license. Cowboys and Crocs bosses slammed the news, saying that the Government should look after existing sporting franchises first.
Townsville Enterprise said it would have to take the fight to state MPs when Community Cabinet sits in the city next month. Sports Minister Steve Dickson has said that if Central Queensland was successful in getting an NRL side, the Government would work with the body behind the bid on the level of government funding and the business model for a new stadium.
It comes after the LNP Government in April ditched a $200,000 study with Townsville City Council into the viability of an entertainment and convention facility, which would accommodate stadiums for the North Queensland Cowboys and Townsville Crocodiles.
Cowboys chairman Laurence Lancini said the Government needed to ensure it looked after Queensland's existing sports teams. "From our point of view, we're disappointed the State Government is prepared to commit to a new stadium in Central Queensland before committing to a new stadium for us considering the state of the stadium and that we have a viable NRL team," he said.
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