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Leaders back Dolphins’ bid

By Tanayah Wakefield

At the Moreton Bay Region Leaders’ Forum today, Defence Minister Peter Dutton, Deputy Premier Steven Miles and Mayor Peter Flannery signed a declaration of support for the Dolphins’ NRL licence bid alongside every politician, representing the region, from all three levels of government.

The forum was the first of its kind in the region, focusing on the region’s growth, infrastructure and opportunities to thrive. A Dolphins NRL team was identified as one of those.

Mayor Peter Flannery says it is an emphatic display of what the region is willing to do to get the Dolphins over the try line. Twenty-six elected representatives are now backing the bid.

“The Dolphins have been dreaming of this day for 70 years and their business case is compelling,” Mayor Peter Flannery says.

“But with ARL Commission Chairman Peter V’Landys announcing Expressions of Interest opening today, we wanted to ensure our bid and the resolve behind it is impossible to ignore.

“We are one of Australia’s great rugby league heartlands, and with the way the Broncos are playing at the moment, locals rightly want to see a competitive team that can take Queensland to the top of the ladder. I’ll back the Dolphins to do that!

“A successful bid would bring huge economic stimulus, including investment from interstate to one of Australia’s fastest growing local government areas and forge a new nationally recognisable identity that everyone in our community can be proud of.

“This is a true coming of age moment for us and a unique chance to put Moreton Bay Region on the map.”

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