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Indigenous NRL All Stars match secured for Cbus Super Stadium
The Queensland Government has secured the All Stars match between the Australian Indigenous and New Zealand Maori teams for the Gold Coast's Cbus Super Stadium on 22nd February next year.
Queensland Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the All Stars clash complemented a rich calendar of Indigenous celebrations across Queensland including the Yarrabah Music and Cultural Festival, Quandamooka Festival, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair and the Gulf Country Frontier Days Festival.
Queensland Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni advised the securement would inspire a new generation of indigenous footy players, stating “through Activate! Queensland the State’s first 10 year sport and active recreation strategy, the State Government will give more Queenslanders the chance to play footy, by overcoming barriers to participation.
“We’ll achieve our goals through strategic investment and partnership with the QRL and its grassroots clubs, and by ensuring obstacles like remoteness or income aren’t stopping kids from playing.
“As part of our plan, it’s critical that government ensure that young indigenous kids can see, for their own eyes, a pathway to success, and the All Stars concept does that.”
Minister Jones advised "the All Stars concept was originally launched on the Gold Coast in 2010 and has grown to become an important part of the NRL’s calendar.
“This announcement comes off the back of a hugely successful inaugural NRL Magic Round in Brisbane in May where almost 50,000 fans travelled to Brisbane for the event – yet more proof that footy fans will travel to Queensland to watch quality rugby league.”
Queensland Assistant Tourism Industry Development Minister and Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said the game would generate more than 20,000 visitor nights and $4 million for the Gold Coast’s tourism economy.
Minister Scanlon noted “New Zealand is a vital tourism market for the Gold Coast. This match will appeal to Kiwi footy fans which we know will have a flow-on effect for tourism operators.
“We know that when tourism is booming, local businesses on the Gold Coast benefit. Events like this are important to growing this industry.
“When people bring their families for the footy they often stay for a holiday and return to the Coast in the future. That’s exactly what we want when thousands of interstate and international tourists arrive for the All Stars clash in February.”
Gold Coast acting Mayor Donna Gates said she was very pleased to welcome this great match back to the city: “It has become a must-watch event on the NRL calendar and we couldn’t be more proud to host it here.
“With the projected economic impact for the City in the millions this is another example of the Gold Coast again showing we are a true sports event destination.”
Australian Rugby League Indigenous Council Chair, Katrina Fanning thanked the Queensland Government and City of Gold Coast for their support of the All Stars return to the Gold Coast in 2020.
Fanning added "the All Stars concept goes well beyond the on-field matches and I look forward to celebrating our Indigenous and Maori cultures together in February.”
Two showpiece games - both a men’s and women’s All Stars match - will be played.
The NRL will also stage various community events across the Gold Coast in the week leading up to the event including school visits and a youth summit.
21st August 2019 - Queensland Government claims $20 million economic boost from NRL Magic Round
27th July 2019 - Queensland Government reveals 10-year sport and recreation strategy
10th July 2019 - State of Origin decider shows the tourism benefit of major events
14th June 2019 - AFL and NRL agree global content partnerships with Facebook
26th April 2019 - NRL Magic Round sees eight clubs commit to community engagement events
25th October 2018 - Suncorp Stadium to host eight fixtures in one weekend in NRL ‘Magic Round’
20th September 2018 - NRL advises of rise in rugby league participation through 2018
17th September 2018 - Rugby Australia to review security after fan incident after Test at Cbus Super Stadium
4th June 2018 - NRL welcomes strong initial returns on digital investment
23rd May 2018 - NRL advises of rising crowd figures
17th April 2018 - NRL agrees to take big games to Melbourne
27th November 2017 - NRL announces plans for 2018 Festival of Indigenous Rugby League
1st February 2014 - Stadiums Queensland secures naming rights sponsor for Gold Coast’s Skilled Park
15th June 2011 - Queensland NRL clubs help Indigenous kids move from school to work
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