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Port raises city's tallest flagpole in show of Cowboys pride
Townsville’s tallest man-made structure has been converted into the city’s tallest flagpole ahead of this Friday’s clash between the North Queensland Cowboys and Parramatta Eels. The Port of Townsville’s 93m-tall ship-to-shore crane is now proudly adorned with the Cowboys flag, which will remain in place as long as the Cowboys are in this year’s Finals. Port of Townsville Chief Executive Officer Ranee Crosby said the super-sized show of support should leave no doubt over where the Port’s loyalties lie this Finals season. “The Port of Townsville services a large and diverse group including miners in the North West, growers and graziers in the Burdekin and Hinchinbrook regions, our local Defence personnel and retailers right across the North,” Ms Crosby said. “Those people are all united by one thing – they live in Cowboys Country. “The Port of Townsville is proud to support North Queensland, and we were eager to display our support in as big a way as possible. Ms Crosby said the Port’s staff were quick to lend their talents to flying the 4.8m x 3m flag over Townsville’s shipping harbour. “Many of our team members are avid Cowboys supporters and it only took a few short discussions for people to spring into action and bring the idea to life,” Ms Crosby said. “Our Engineers and Maintenance team have worked together to custom design and build a specialised rig for the flag, which will allow us to remove it during shipping operations and quickly reposition it once they’re done.” The Port of Townsville has been operating since 1864 and supports more than 8,000 jobs across North Queensland.