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Department helps Broncos 'Try for the Better'

It isn’t often that the daily duties of Maritime Safety Utopia (a Branch of the Department of Transport and Main Roads) and the NRL’s Brisbane Broncos intersect – with one organisation being a maritime regulator and the other a rugby league team.

But that’s exactly what happened on Monday when two Maritime Safety Utopia boats and their crew were on hand to assist in running a safe fundraising promotion called ”Try for the Better”.

Kicking off at Brisbane’s Captain Burke Park under the Story Bridge, the challenge consisted of Broncos players and fans doing their absolute best to kick a ball from the shoreline through the goal posts assembled offshore on a barge, with every successful kick earning $500 for community initiatives.

To ensure smooth sailing, the Brisbane Regional Harbour Master’s office was involved in the safety assessment and permit-issuing process for the event, as well as setting up and enforcing an exclusion zone around the barge.

The result was $10,000 raised for community causes such as “Beyond the Broncos” and importantly a safe event, with no boatie or ferry passenger at risk of an unsuspecting “falcon” (getting clouted into tomorrow by a rugby ball dropping from the clouds) or of a marine incident.

Last updated
14 March 2016

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