Broncos CEO Paul White, Sports Minister Phil Reeves and rugby league development officer Darren Burns with a cheque for $156,000 which will keep Burns in the district for the next three years.
Broncos CEO Paul White, Sports Minister Phil Reeves and rugby league development officer Darren Burns with a cheque for $156,000 which will keep Burns in the district for the next three years. Craig Warhurst

League windfall

A PARTNERSHIP between the Brisbane Broncos and the State Government has secured the future of Gympie and Burnett rugby league development officer Darren Burns for three years.

Sports Minister Phil Reeves and Broncos CEO Paul White announced the $156,000 funding at Little Mary’s Restaurant on Tuesday night.

Mr Reeves said rugby league juniors in Gympie and the South Burnett would have more opportunities to participate in their sport with the appointment of Burns as a Brisbane Broncos-managed sports co-ordinator for the Gympie and South Burnett region.

He said under the Sport and Recreation Local Jobs Plan, the role would be funded for $52,000 per annum over three years, assisting seven clubs.

“Significantly, Darren’s appointment marks the start of a new chapter. There is no better club to oversee the expansion of local football than the Broncos.

“A major benefit of the new role will be a clear pathway for talented young players to be able to progress from club level to professional football,” Mr Reeves said.

The total project cost for this co-ordinator position for three years is about $261,000.

The rest of the funding is coming from the Broncos and Gympie Junior League.

Bronco’s development manager Paul Dyer said it was great to see a partnership like this bring together the necessary expertise to boost rugby league in the Gympie region.

“Darren’s ‘to do’ list includes, improving the recruitment, training and retention of coaches and volunteers, streamlining administrative processes, completing grants applications, boosting sponsorship and developing strategic and facility planning.

“In his new position, Darren will work with the Gympie, Cherbourg, Murgon, Wondai and Proston junior rugby league clubs, the Kingaroy and Nanango rugby league clubs and Gympie State High School,” Mr Dyer said.

Gympie Times


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