5 Mar 2021

The North Queensland Cowboys and North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) are “Moving Forward Together” in 2021 as they kick-start their ground-breaking community partnership.

After taking a COVID-19 break last year, the Cowboys and NQBP will once again “blitz” the port communities of Mackay (March), Bowen (May), Weipa (August) and Sarina in 2021.

NQBP CEO Nicolas Fertin said since it was launched in 2016, the partnership has engaged thousands of school children and community members.

“We’re excited to be kicking off this year’s blitz program of school visits, port site visits and networking with community and business leaders after COVID-19 put a stop to our plans last year,” Mr Fertin said.

The partnership enables Cowboys players and ambassadors, such as club legend and life member Matthew Bowen, to connect with school children in outdoor activities and through the delivery of important messages on positive life choices.

“Our community partnership with the Cowboys is one of our largest and longest and enables us to make a positive impact on communities throughout the north,” Mr Fertin said.

“We’re very happy to be continuing our NQBP blitzes to bring the Cowboys to these communities.

“We have seen great results from our joint events over the years.

“Like the Cowboys, we’re passionate about leading positive change in our communities.

“As the port authority for four ports that connect North Queensland to the world and support 28,000 trade jobs, it’s important we give back to the areas in which we operate.”

The 2019 visit to Merinda State school

For Cowboys CEO Jeff Reibel, the visits provide an integral link with these communities within the club’s footprint.

“Our partnership with NQBP enables us to reach the people of Weipa, Sarina, Mackay and Bowen in a very meaningful way, and we are grateful to have this connection,” Mr Reibel said.

“Each community is different, and together with NQBP we’re able to tailor the visits to meet their specific needs, which has been key in this highly collaborative partnership.”

“NQBP understand their communities and we applaud their innovation and commitment to assisting the wellbeing of these communities through our ongoing partnership.”

The Mackay Bulk Port Blitz in March will see Mackay community and business leaders celebrating women in leadership at a special event hosted by CEO Nicolas Fertin on International Women’s Day on Monday 8 March.

Guest keynote speaker North Queensland Toyota Cowboys Chief Community and Government Relations Officer and Director of the Cowboys Community Foundation, Fiona Pelling, will be joined by special guest Cowboys legend Matthew Bowen.

The ‘even playing field’ event, held in conjunction with Mackay Region Chamber of Commerce, will also see a signed and framed 2021 Cowboys jersey presented to a nominated not-for-profit organisation to assist them in their future fundraising efforts.

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Image caption: NQBP Community Relations team members Amanda Blines and Emilie Power with Cowboys legend Ray Thompson and students Gideon Prior, Julie Webb, Jayharnie Strahan and Lillian Bond at Merinda State School as part of 2019 Bowen Bulk Port Blitz.

North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation contact:
Amanda Blines | Senior Advisor Community Relations
0439 703 330 | ablines@nqbp.com.au