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Bravus Mining and Resources was thrilled to help bring First Nations players from around central and north Queensland together in Rockhampton for the annual Warba Wangarunya Rugby League Carnival.

The Rockhampton and Townsville-based operator of the Carmichael coal mine was a major sponsor of the event, hosted each year by Darumbal Community Youth Service.

The Warba Wangarunya Rugby League Carnival has a vision of One Community, One People, One Game, and 2024 saw 31 teams take to Saleyards Park for four days of exhilarating football played in great spirit.

Local Rocky outfit Tunuba Dakani won the men’s competition while the Masada Iosefa and Gary Field Memorial Team were crowned women’s champions. Black Boys claimed the under-17 boys, Central Coast Cockatoos the under-15 boys, and Murri United the under-16 girls, titles.

Bravus Mining and Resources Head of Community Kate Campbell said it was wonderful to see hundreds of players from across the regions share their sense of belonging, pride, and teamwork though a love of footy.

“Anyone who knows our business knows we’re big backers of rugby league – from the top as a Platinum Partner of the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys right down to the grassroots level,” Kate said.

“We support rugby league not just because it’s something that’s important to our people and their families, but because of the positive benefits it brings to regional Queensland communities.

“We’re also passionate about maximising Indigenous engagement and participation in our workforce and showing First Nations people the pathways that exist to a rewarding career in the resources sector.

“The Warba Wangarunya Rugby League Carnival brings both of these values together, and we couldn’t be prouder to have helped Darumbal Community Youth Service host such a high-quality event this year.”

Warba Wangarunya Rugby League Carnival Coordinator Jamie Simpson said the positive impact of Bravus’ support extended far beyond the footy field.

“Thanks to Bravus Mining and Resources we were able to secure essential equipment, catering, entertainment and more, all of which contributed to the carnival’s positive and inclusive atmosphere,” Jamie said.

“The success of events like ours isn’t measured by winning or losing, but by the smiles on the faces of those who attend and matter whether people were there to play, spectate, or officiate, there were certainly plenty of smiles going round.

“This investment Bravus has made in our community to foster community spirit, promote healthy lifestyles, and provide opportunities for young people to participate in sport will have lasting benefits for years to come.”

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