1 Nov 2021

HUNDREDS of school students across the Cape were inspired to make positive choices by their footy heroes this week thanks to a special partnership between North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) and the North Queensland Cowboys.

Cowboys rising star Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow shared messages on respect, teamwork and working hard with Western Cape College (Weipa and Mapoon) and St Joseph’s College during their two-day visit to Weipa.

For the first time during the partnership, the visit was also extended to Napranum Early Childhood Centre where the Cowboys spent time on outdoor activities with the children.

Hamiso was also joined by Romy Teitzel, fullback and Captain of the North Queensland Gold Stars Women’s team (QRL premiership team), who also plays for the Brisbane Broncos in the NRLW competition and is a member of this year’s Queensland Maroons Origin team.

NQBP CEO Nicolas Fertin said the annual Bulk Port Blitz program promotes positive changes in the Weipa community through the school visits.

“While we’re very different organisations, we both believe when everyone has an opportunity to participate, we can make a positive impact in our North Queensland port communities,” Mr Fertin said.

Mr Fertin said the Cowboys partnership is one of NQBP’s largest and longest and promotes positive social outcomes.

“Like the Cowboys, we’re passionate about leading positive change and fostering strong partnerships with our communities.

“This aligns with our shared values of respect, excellence, unity and integrity.

“Through using the personality power of the Cowboys we can encourage local students to make the right choices for success.”

A signed Cowboys 2021 Indigenous jersey was presented to Weipa Community Care Association Chief Executive Officer Josie Tait to assist the group in their future fundraising efforts.

The final stop on the 2021 Bulk Port Blitz program is Hay Point, which will take place in November.

Since it was launched in 2016, the NQBP and Cowboys partnership has engaged thousands of school children and community members.

Images for download

Image |  Weipa Community Care’s Josie Tait and Amanda Peters, with NQBP’s Emilie Power and Romy Teitzel and Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow

Image | Hamiso and Romy at St Josephs College

Image | Hamiso at St Joesphs

Image | Hamiso and Romy with NQBP Weipa employees John Clark and Rob Olsen


North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation contact:
Emilie Power | Community and Stakeholder Advisor
0427 050 666 | epower@nqbp.com.au