Queensland State of Origin flag to fly high over Townsville

Date published: 20 June 2018

Townsville City Council’s Construction and Maintenance crews this morning raised the Queensland State of Origin flag in anticipation of Game Two on Sunday.

The do-or-die match will determine whether the Maroons stay alive in the series or if the NSW Blues – finally – win a series.

Deputy Mayor Les Walker said everyone in Townsville was backing the Maroons to come from behind and snatch the Origin series.

“It’s going to be a huge game and everyone across North Queensland will be bleeding Maroon on the night,” Cr Walker said.

“We want everyone to show their true colours and that’s why our Council crews go above and beyond to ensure the city gets into the spirit of Origin.

“The idea to raise the Queensland Origin flag actually came from one of Construction and Maintenance crew members and over the past few years it’s become a regular site on one of the busiest roundabouts in Townsville.

“There are a lot of passionate Maroons fans within our community and we want everyone to embrace the Queensland State of Origin spirit for this do-or-die game.”

Local Councillor Verena Coombe said Council was doing everything it could to ensure the city was painted Maroon for Game Two.

“Council is putting on a free screening of Game Two at Riverway Oval so people can watch all the action on the big screen,” Cr Coombe said.

“Gates will be open from 6.30pm and everyone is welcome to come down – even those wearing blue.”

  • Event: State of Origin Game Two Live on the Big Screen
  • Date: Sunday 24 June
  • Time: 6.30pm - 10pm
  • Location: Riverway Oval