GOAL IS CLOSER

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THE state’s AFL Task­force yes­ter­day gave the Gov­ern­ment and Op­po­si­tion a look at its first draft of the busi­ness case for a Tassie AFL team — and is on course to de­liver its re­port next month.

THE AFL Task­force is on track to de­liver its busi­ness case to the State Gov­ern­ment next month — but it may not be made pub­lic un­til the New Year.

It is un­der­stood the busi­ness case will be pre­sented to the Gov­ern­ment by the se­cond week of De­cem­ber after Task­force chair­man Brett God­frey met the Gov­ern­ment and Op­po­si­tion in Ho­bart yes­ter­day.

The meet­ing with the Gov­ern­ment came after a two-day Task­force “page turn” read­ing of the first draft of the busi­ness case as they fi­nalise rec­om­men­da­tions and find­ings.

But the Gov­ern­ment and the Task­force are re­main­ing tight-lipped on de­tails at the mo­ment.

“The AFL Task­force has been pro­vid­ing reg­u­lar up­dates to Gov­ern­ment as it pro­gresses with its re­port and busi­ness case for a Tas­ma­nian AFL and AFLW team,” Premier Will Hodg­man said.

“I would like to ac­knowl­edge the tremen­dous work the

Task­force is do­ing and the strong sup­port that con­tin­ues to be demon­strated by the Tas­ma­nian com­mu­nity for a team of our own.

“We now look for­ward to the re­port and busi­ness case be­ing fi­nalised by the end of the year for re­view by Gov­ern­ment.”

The Task­force web­site, unit­ed­we­s­tand.com.au, has gained al­most 64,000 pledges of sup­port for Tas­ma­nia join­ing the AFL to be­come the league’s 19th club.

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