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Tamar Cats Footy Club support needed: Local Clubs Support Local Communities

The Tasmanian Greens today have reiterated their support for grass roots football in Tasmania, highlighting specific concerns over conditions in northern clubs.

Greens Member for Bass, Kim Booth MP, said evidence given at the recent Public Accounts Committee enquiry into football and AFL Tasmania only reinforced his concerns that regional football clubs are suffering and gradually going further downhill.

“Upon visiting various local footy clubs, I continue to see the same thing time and again; facilities going into disrepair with age, wear and tear and lack of funds and support,” Mr Booth said.

“The Tamar Cats Football Club is a classic example of this and I will be working with Club President, Mr Charlie Davis, to encourage the State to do all it can to see that this club does not go the way of some of the others in the north.”

“One look at their change rooms and you can see the kind of third-world facilities they are trying to function with.  It really is a disgrace that in this day and age young players are forced to use dangerous and totally inadequate facilities whilst the AFL coffers are filled with $500,000 per year of public funding, for them to distribute largess to the clubs.”

“There is a severe lack of funding and support for regional clubs, despite the tens of millions being spent on Aurora Stadium and the Hawthorn Football Club, not to mention the drop in spectator numbers due to clash in game times that I have highlighted in the past.”

“Although the presence of the Hawthorn Football Club brings much to the State, and the facilities at Aurora Stadium are first class, and the Greens are concerned grassroots football is continuing to suffer as a result.”

“The Greens were critical when the deal was first struck and effectively predicted exactly what we now see happening to regional football clubs,” Mr Booth said.