CQ NRL bid receives $500,000 boost from Federal Government

PATIENCE has paid off for CQ NRL Bid CEO Denis Keeffe (pictured) and his team, who after a long wait, received half a million dollars from the former Federal Government.

For the past 12 months, the CQ NRL Bid team had been in negotiations with ALP but last week, the money they promised to go towards the licensing and approval stage of the bid was signed off on.

"The first milestone has been reached ... the first task using the money will be to evaluate all of the potential sites for the stadium we want to build. Then the advisory committee will look at the social economic and environmental impacts of at those sites," Keeffe said.

This project was due to start next month, and be completed in April 2014.

It will be managed by Brisbane based company Populous, who had designed stadia all around the world including Wembley.

Keeffe said it was a very proactive step by the CQ NRL Bid team and the CQ community towards reaching its goal of attaining its own NRL team.

"We have been waiting for this to happen, we've been patient, talking and advocating the project ... when we get a tap on the shoulder by the NRL, at least we have started the process," he said.

"We would be behind the eight ball if we only started looking into a stadium when we received an expression of interest from the NRL."