Cairns welcomes first NRL Premiership Match

21 Jun 2013 4:38 PMJann Stuckey

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Tropical North Queensland is abuzz with Rugby League excitement as the South Sydney Rabbitohs take on the Gold Coast Titans today in the region’s first ever NRL Premiership match – ‘Rumble at the Reef’.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey welcomed the first instalment of a three year agreement for the South Sydney Rabbitohs to play one home game per year in Cairns.

“Queenslanders are renowned Rugby League fans, with today’s match at Barlow Park set to attract great a crowd, providing an added incentive to take a warm winter break in Tropical North Queensland,” said Minister Stuckey.

“Supporting major events like this through Tourism and Events Queensland is part of our goal to double annual overnight visitor expenditure in Queensland from $15 billion to $30 billion by 2020.

“TEQ has grown the major event calendar for Cairns with the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games, Cairns Airport Adventure Festival, AFL Regional Fixture, UCI Mountain Bike World Cups in 2014 and 2016 and the 2017 World Mountain Bike and Trials Championships.”

Assistant Minister for Tourism and Member for Cairns, Gavin King, welcomed the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Gold Coast Titans to Tropical North Queensland for the match.

“Major events like this are great for the local tourism industry, showcasing Cairns as a premier event destination while supporting local businesses and jobs,” Mr King said.

“This match is also a great opportunity for local fans to see our home-grown hero Nate Myles play on home turf.”

Rumble at the Reef will see the South Sydney Rabbitohs take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 14 of the 2013 NRL Premiership Season.

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[ENDS] 16 June 2013