The Prime Minister has appeared at York Park to unleash $65 million of funding for upgrading the Launceston stadium, matching the state government’s contribution.
Anthony Albanese noting that a Tassie AFL team playing in the north is crucial.
“I have been a supporter for some time when I have been asked about Tasmania getting an AFL team, I think it’s a very positive thing and it’s important that it be a team for the whole of Tasmania, which is why an upgrade her is so important.”
Tomorrow (Saturday) the PM is expected to unveil $240 million towards Macquarie Point’s redevelopment in Hobart where a new stadium will cement a licence for the state in the competition.
Speaking in Launceston, the Greens Peter Whish Wilson finds it unacceptable when so many Tasmanians can’t be housed.
“On our calculations the government’s prepared to put up $55 million over five years under their new housing affordability future plan, add the commitment for a Macquarie Point stadium and what they announced today, that is $300 million, this government is prepared to spend six times more on football stadiums than they are on building affordable homes and new homes for those that need them in this state….it’s warped and twisted.”
Clark federal independent Andrew Wilkie has been campaigning against the Hobart stadium, also believing the money can better spent on areas of need.
“I do fear that what we are going to get is a half baked stadium with no roof with about 3000 more seats than Blundstone Arena, sitting down there surrounded by bugger all, with none of the other promises delivered by the state government.”