Jonathan Thurston is on his way to Quilpie! The NRL legend will be in town from October 28-30. Picture: Richard Dobson
Jonathan Thurston is on his way to Quilpie! The NRL legend will be in town from October 28-30. Picture: Richard Dobson

NRL legend making tracks to Quilpie

QUILPIE will receive a visit from rugby league royalty in just over one week’s time, when the legend himself, Johnathan Thurston, comes to town.

JT his bringing his Johnathan Thurston Academy workshops to the bush from October 28-30, where the district’s students and footy players will take part in the academy’s specialist programs for education, leadership, and of course, rugby league skills.

“The JT Academy was developed to inspire, support and to set our nation’s youth up to succeed across all areas of their life: employment, education and wellbeing,” Mr Thurston said.

“It’s our absolute pleasure when we get the opportunity to extend our reach to youth living in remote and regional communities.

“With the support of our corporate partners and invitations such as this from local councils, we are able to get into some of these communities and deliver programs which make a tangible difference to the lives of local kids and, as a result, the whole community benefits.”

While in town, Mr Thurston will also be the guest of honour at the opening of Quilpie’s refurbished football oval at John Waugh Park, and the keynote speaker at a motivational session for rural landholders and local residents.

It is expected to be a big boost in light of biting drought conditions which continue to effect the whole region.

“Rural property owners and local business operators have been particularly hard hit by the impacts of the prolonged drought conditions,” Quilpie mayor Stuart Mackenzie said.

“The impacts resonate throughout the entire community including our youth.”

Mr Thurston’s visit to the region has been made possible through funding from the Western Queensland Primary Health Network.


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