Local celebrity kickoff for World Cup marks 125 years for Council

3 June 2010


Polish up your soccer skills for this Saturday night’s Cairns World Cup preliminary kickoff party.


Mayor Val Schier and Deputy Mayor Councillor Margaret Cochrane will team up with former Socceroo coach and local son Frank Farina, in a World Cup pre-match starter on the front lawn of the iconic Courthouse Hotel.


“This is one of many planned events being held this year to celebrate 125 years of local government in Cairns,” Cr Schier said.


“Fans will be happy to see that the Deputy Mayor and I carry a bit of a kick and make formidable team members on any playing field.”


The legendary Frank Farina will coach Councillors Schier and Cochrane in their celebrity match keeping fans happy in the lead up to the Australia vs USA match to be shown on the Courthouse big screen.


Avid sports fan Cr Cochrane said she is anticipating the night to be a bit of fun and a great way to celebrate Council’s 125 years.


 “This year is one of reflection for Council and the people of the region as we look back on our history and celebrate a great tradition of sporting competition,” Cr Cochrane said.


“Sport is a signature experience in the far north and Council has been instrumental in keeping it alive and well. We intend to do so for a long time to come.


The Mayor and I will be barracking for the Socceroos once the world wide broadcast begins,” Cr Cochrane said.


To take part in the celebrity kick off


When:  9pm Saturday 5 June

Where:  Court House Hotel lawn, Abbot St