The past weekend saw Football Queensland announce three new zones to be established and functioning alongside fresh naming conventions which are a greater reflection of their strategic direction and geography.
Metro North and Metro South are set to replace the former Brisbane Zone, while Far North & Gulf has replaced the former Far North and North West zones.
The three new zones are FQ Metro South, FQ Metro North, and FQ Far North & Gulf. They will now join FQ South Coast, FQ Darling Downs, FQ Sunshine Coast, FQ Wide Bay, FQ Central, FQ Whitsunday Coast and FQ North in making up Football Queensland.
Football Queensland Chief Executive Officer Robert Cavallucci stated that the establishment of new zones and naming conventions will improve FQ’s efforts to achieve a better alignment of strategy and outcomes for football.
“The new zones and naming conventions are designed to better reflect the broader geography of the areas and present a more inclusive reference to the wider regions they represent,” he said.
“The boundaries are drawn in such a way as to align with Football Queensland’s strategic priorities. For example, the new Far North & Gulf zone will provide FQ and clubs in the north with a better strategic position to access, service and promote football to Indigenous participants and communities in the Cape.
“Importantly, the names of the zones more closely align with Queensland Government region naming conventions, as we present a united voice for increased investment in football.”
FQ President Ben Richardson was excited at the arrival of the new zones and projected a bright future for football in Queensland as the game continues its journey of reform.
“The creation of these new zones has been approved by Football Australia and is the result of months of close consultation with our stakeholders,” he said.
“I look forward to working with the new committee members as we continue to drive critical reform across the state.”
New FQ Members include Keiren O’Brien and Michael Falchetti for Far North & Gulf; Marty Buttigieg and Rob Rossi for Metro North; and Paul Swindells and Rob Scanlon for Metro South.