GHD facilitates a pivotal introduction

Meetings spark a major sporting and community initiative

In June 2013, GHD introduced key representatives from the Parramatta Eels National Rugby League (NRL) team to the Northern Territory (NT) Government. We facilitated several introductory meetings that established a long term partnership to benefit the NRL, Parramatta Eels, the NT Government and remote Indigenous communities in the region.

The Hon. Matt Conlan, NT Minister for Sport, Recreation and Racing led detailed negotiations on a four year partnership agreement with the Parramatta Eels and the NRL.

The agreement has already delivered a number of significant social and community benefits, including a commitment to bring the Eels to Alice Springs for competitive matches each year until 2018. It also involves the club in community programs throughout the Territory, including visiting remote communities and schools to raise awareness for healthy lifestyles, tackle issues such as bullying, and promote the importance of numeracy and literacy.

On the launch of the partnership, Parramatta Eels Interim CEO Matt Phelan said, "The new partnership will display the impact that the Rugby League can have, not just as a major sporting spectacle, but also as a vehicle for positive community outcomes."