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Tas govt ignoring AFL economic impact: CT

12/11/2010 03:07:30 PM Comments (0)

The administrators of Hobart's Bellerive Oval say they cannot understand why the state government is apparently ignoring an offer to bring AFL games to the venue.

North Melbourne president James Brayshaw confirmed on Thursday his side was looking at playing seven games a year in Tasmania, split between Bellerive Oval and Aurora Stadium in Launceston.

But Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett was coy about the offer, and said he was committed to renegotiating the state's deal with Hawthorn, which makes the state the club's major sponsor.

"At this point in time, the reward to Tasmanian taxpayers and footy lovers does not outweigh the risk," Bartlett said on Wednesday.

"To change from the successful Hawthorn model, it would have to be an extraordinarily good deal to be better than the deal we've got."

Cricket Tasmania (CT), which owns Bellerive Oval, commissioned a report from Deloitte which suggested AFL games in Hobart would bring in $5.6 million per game to the state's economy.

"I find it hard to understand that you could reject that offer without even considering the report," CT Chairman Tony Harrison said.

He said North Melbourne are capable of creating the same level of support as Hawthorn, who have 9000 Tasmanian members.

"North Melbourne currently have 1250 members in Tasmania, that's more than Hawthorn had when they started playing in Launceston," Harrison said.

"They already have a base here, and they certainly would bring visitors to Tasmania."

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