NRL game set to be a top match for stadium

MACKAY Regional Council is confident next month's NRL Bulldogs-Knights match can kick some goals for the financially-troubled Virgin Australia Stadium.

Council took control of the stadium last week after its finance committee announced it was no longer in a position to run the venue.

Communications manager Ken Furdek said council's primary focus at the moment was to deliver a successful NRL match and showcase the region to a national and international television audience.

He said the match, to be televised on WIN, had the potential to provide an economic catalyst for the region.

"Cairns hosted a highly successful NRL match last weekend and all our energies are focused on generating similar community support for the July 7 game," he said.

"We appreciate there is considerable interest in the stadium as a community asset and a full report will be tabled in council in the near future.

"It is important that we respect that certain discussions with contractors have to be held in confidence for the time being," Mr Furdek said.

He encouraged Mackay residents to head along to the NRL match.

"We have a full program of events associated with the Bulldogs NRL match and we're looking to the community to be part of the excitement," Mr Furdek said.

Council has just announced a community dinner will be held at the MECC on Friday, July 5, with Friday Night Football being shown live on the big screen.

Bulldogs players will be attending the event.

Tickets are now available at the MECC box office.