Brisbane bus drivers have embraced the State of Origin spirit with their annual bus decorating competition ahead of Game One tonight.
It was up to Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner to choose between two uniquely decorated Brisbane buses on show outside City Hall today.
The CityGlider from the Toowong depot is adorned with blue lighting, cut-outs of players and blue streamers, and will be showing off its decorations as it runs between West End and Teneriffe over the next week.
Meanwhile, Carina’s Maroon CityGlider will be decorated as a mock Suncorp Stadium for the next week, complete with astro turf, maroon balloons and streamers.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Cr Quirk and Cr Schrinner gave the win to the Maroon bus, but they praised both depots for their dedication.
“Brisbane is already awash in a sea of maroon as Queensland gears up for Origin One and I congratulate both depots for tackling the competition with such enthusiasm,” Cr Schrinner said.
Cr Schrinner also took the opportunity to spruik the free public transport available for footy fans tonight.
“Residents going to the game will be able to take advantage of free travel on the Maroon CityGlider service, as well as on any regular Council bus service, for four hours before and after the match upon showing the bus driver their pre-purchased game ticket or stadium membership card,” he said.
“There isn’t a better way to support the Maroons than by travelling on Council’s own maroon bus, which travels between Ashgrove and Stones Corner, stopping at Suncorp Stadium.
“As always, I am thrilled to see such a vivid show of support for the Maroons and I encourage residents and visitors from all over Brisbane to keep an eye out for the two State of Origin buses.”