Tasmania Premier Will Hodgman
Tasmania Treasurer Peter Gutwein
United Plan For Tasmania’s Football Future
Victor P Taffa
Tasmanian Government and representatives from all levels of Tasmanian football today united in an alliance to strengthen the future of football in Tasmania.
Premier Will Hodgman and Treasurer Peter Gutwein met with a broad representation from regional community leagues, the Tasmanian State League and the Tasmanian Football Council.
Our group unanimously agreed to advance 2 key priorities for Tasmanian football:
- Improving grassroots football state-wide,
- Forging a pathway to a Tasmanian AFL team.
“Tasmanian football community is determined to define its own future and present a united Tasmanian plan for football to the AFL.” Premier Hodgman said.
Our group will now collaborate on a preferred model to strengthen the base of grassroots football which is our foundation across every region of Tasmania.
It will also work together on a preferred pathway to our ultimate goal of having an AFL team of our own.
“As a state we are loyal supporters of footy, and we are all of the view that it is time the future of football in Tasmania was decided by Tasmanians.” Premier Hodgman said.
“That support should not start and end with our elite, or talent pathways. It must include all football pathways; boys and girls who just want a kick with their mates on a Saturday; to our regions where footy is the backbone of the community; to our ultimate goal of seeing a Tasmanian team in the national competition.” Treasurer Gutwein said.
Our group will reconvene in coming weeks, as part of ongoing work to unite and strengthen Tasmania’s football future.
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