The crew at NRG are ready for the Harbour Festival NRG Raft Race.
The crew at NRG are ready for the Harbour Festival NRG Raft Race. Contributed

NRG prepares for great race

WITH only a few weeks until the 50th annual Harbour Festival, NRG apprentices have been busy putting the finishing touches to their raft for the NRG Great Raft Race.

Fourth-year apprentice boilermaker Ethan Horrocks, has been leading a team of ten apprentices in helping to put together this year's entrant which will recreate the NRG logo.

"We are expecting this year's raft will be a little more aerodynamic than last year's and we're keeping our fingers crossed hoping we can get among the major prizes.

"We know the competition will be fierce again this year as there is always strong interest from the likes of other Gladstone industries such as QAL and Goldings," Mr Horrocks said.

There are some new major prize categories at this year's race including The Pride of the NRG Great Raft Race, The Vogue award, Best Dressed Team and the Most Unique and Creatively Designed Raft.

This is the 14th year NRG has sponsored the Great Raft Race and up to 25 rafts are expected to enter.

The race will kick off at 10am on Good Friday, April 6 at Goondoon St boat ramp in front of the yacht club.