Once upon a time State of Origin and NRL was live and free to everyone that had a TV and even the most modest of aerials within range off a transmission tower.
Although times have changed, NCD Governor Powes Parkop is ensuring everyone can watch the State of Origin by providing live and free sites in and around the “can do” city of Port Moresby.
The three-game series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons starts on Wednesday June 6 in Melbourne.
Game 2 is on Sunday June 24 in Sydney and the third and final game is on Wednesday July 11 in Brisbane.
As part of its “Bringing Back Night Space” campaign, the National Capital District Commission will again show the games on the big screen at selected venues around the city.
If you want to watch the game on the big screen and enjoy an open atmosphere with family and friends, you can go to one of the following ‘live and free’ locations:
Jack Pidik Park, Erima, Hohola Ipi Park, Tokarara Market, Casio Roundabout Gerehu, Koki Wanigela, Pari, 9 Mile Morobe Block, Taurama, Morata Community Hall, Elevala, Baruni, Kira Kira Cricket Ground, ATS.
City Manager Bernard Kipit said that the main objective is to provide a safe and trouble-free environment for families to enjoy the game.
“We all know State of Origin is an exciting time for rugby league fans. We want everyone to be able to enjoy the games with friends and families in a safe environment,” Mr Kipit said.
“It is a great initiative of our Governor Powes Parkop that goes back many years now.”
“We have placed special emphasis on security and cleanliness at the venues as part of our Bringing Back Night Space initiative, and we are seeking the cooperation of those attending to make sure the event can be enjoyed by everyone,” he added.
“This is where community spirit comes to the fore. I am sure the public want more night events where they can relax, celebrate and feel safe. It is up to us all in ensuring this happens.”
The live and free locations will start broadcasting on Wednesday night from 6pm with the main game due to commence at 8pm.
Everyone is welcome. Entry is free.
The public is advised that there is zero tolerance for alcohol and drugs at the sites. Any person found consuming alcohol or appearing to be intoxicated or under the influence or alcohol or drugs will be arrested and charged.