Cam ready for role
THE season after finishing his illustrious playing career with the Mundubbera Tigers, Cameron MacDonald has changed his stripes.
The former Tigers captain now represents the entire region as president of the Central Burnett Rugby League, taking over from former council chief executive Gary Rinehart, who had to cut his tenure short last year due to family circumstances.
MacDonald is joined by treasurer Melinda Thorburn and secretary Clayton Paulson.
MacDonald’s father Murray has succeeded him as president of the Tigers.
“I’ve always been passionate about rugby league as a player, and I didn’t want to see it die off here,” MacDonald said.
“Once it dies off, you’ll never see it back again.”
MacDonald said he has plenty of fresh ideas to bring to the table, but is still “finding his feet”.
He did however reveal plans to launch the new season with a golf day in Gayndah and to finish the season with an official presentation dinner in the weeks after the grand final, rather than have the presentation“crammed” into the schedule after the final whistle blows.
MacDonald said it was likely the Central Burnett competition would remain a three-team draw in 2020 with any interested players from Biggenden expected to sign next year with the reformed Isis first-grade team in Childers while Theodore have indicated they have the required player numbers.
“In a perfect world, we’d have Biggenden and Eidsvold back, but we’ve got a competition that works,” he said. “It’s only three teams but it works.”
MacDonald said the executive had been heartened to see the return of junior football to the North Burnett last year in the form of carnival days as curtain-raisers for the seniors.
He said he hoped parents of under 6s, 8s and 10s players would contact their local club and express interest in playing local games next season, adding that he didn’t want to step on the toes of the Gayndah-based Central Burnett Brumbies, which play in the South Burnett junior competition.