Rugby league forward Petero Civoniceva says he won’t be trying out for a spot on the Queensland premier’s team.
Rugby league legend Petero Civoniceva has passed on a chance to join the Queensland premier’s team, believing he can do more for Redcliffe by himself.
The record-breaking former Australian forward says he was flattered by an invitation to stand for the Liberal National Party in the seat of Redcliffe, which was vacated by disgraced former LNP MP Scott Driscoll last month.
But Mr Civoniceva believes he can do a lot more for his community without aligning himself politically.
“I’m pretty proactive already. I’m an ambassador for a not-for-profit organisation that looks after a lot of community groups within Redcliffe,” he told AAP on Tuesday.
“I’m pretty happy with where I am now, I work for the NRL, I still live in Redcliffe and my kids go to school here, I think I can do a lot more this way.
“No doubt Redcliffe has taken a big hit with what’s happened (with Mr Driscoll) over the past year, but there are a lot more people who are more politically qualified to represent the community than me.”
The LNP said nominations for the seat were still open.
Former federal MP Yvette D’Ath will stand as the Labor candidate, after she lost her federal seat of Petrie to the LNP’s Luke Howarth at the September election.
Mr Civoniceva played 45 Tests for Australia and 30 State of Origin games for Queensland – both records for a forward.
He has also played 297 NRL games, including 225 for Brisbane, since he debuted for the Broncos in round 7, 1998.
Mr Civoniceva’s competitive career came to an end last month, when he captained his native country Fiji and led it to semifinals of the Rugby League World Cup.