Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk talks Riverfire, the all Queensland NRL final and school holidays.

All Queensland NRL Grand Final

Given Wayne Bennett’s record, it shouldn’t come as surprise that the Brisbane Broncos are once again heading into a grand final. As someone who grew up in the Brisbane area, I have cheered the Broncos on for many years.

While the Broncos’ record of never losing a grand final they have played in should give Bronco’s fans great confidence, it will be a tough match against the Cowboys and Queensland will be the winner no matter what the outcome is.

As Queensland Premier, I’ll have a smile on my face either way.  I know the Broncos and the Cowboys will give it their all and make Queensland proud.

New training facility for the Broncos

The Queensland Government has also this week finalised a commercial agreement with the Broncos to allow them to develop a training facility on the old Ithaca TAFE site.

Member for Mount Coot-tha Steven Miles announced the Brisbane Broncos will transform the former Ithaca TAFE campus into a three-storey Training, Administration and Community Facility that includes the following:

  • a contemporary three storey administration and training building
  • a large, dedicated community room available for daily use;
  • a high-spec lecture theatre shared between the football department and the community;
  • 116m long (between dead ball lines) and 68m wide full sized training field;
  • 133 car parking spaces, including three spaces for people with disabilities;
  • training facilities include gymnasium, sports medicine and rehabilitation areas;
  • a 6m high retractable netting structure is to be built within the site boundary to protect nearby Fulcher Rd from stray footballs.

As part of the agreement, the Broncos will invest in a range of community programs including Beyond Broncos indigenous mentoring program; game development statewide – reaching 50,000 participants; and alliances with Deadly Choices, a health campaign aimed at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

River fire

Congratulations to all involved at River Fire and the Brisbane Festival including chair Paul Spiro and Artistic Director David Berthold as well as staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to put on such a quality show.

The Brisbane Festival saw more than 70 productions and 460 performances from 11 countries. The fantastic display of fireworks and flyovers last Saturday night ensured that this terrific festival that showcases Brisbane’s best could end with a bang and I’m told up to 500,000 people watched River Fire across the city.

Thanks goodness the rain stayed away and it remained such an entertaining and spectacular night.

School Holidays

The end of school holidays in a few days also means the start of the final term for the year. For year six students, this will mark the final stage of their journey through primary school before they move into high school for year seven.

For year 12 students, it means the end of secondary education and transition into further study or into employment. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all students luck in their study as the school year moves closer to its end.

With the few days left of the school holidays, I urge everybody to keep a watch on their school and stay safe on the roads. Students who participated in the Premier’s Reading Challenge can look forward to their certificates arriving in the mail soon.