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Cornelian Bay Could Be Next In AFL Land Grab

Today in Parliament I asked the Premier if he would tell Gil McLachlan and the AFL to stay away for Cornelian Bay.

He refused.

The arrogance of the AFL is breathtaking. They’ve worked the Premier over to be gifted Macquarie Point, so they know he’s a push-over for other choice Tasmanian assets. Clearly the Premier is happy to allow Gil to swan into town and cherry-pick valuable parcels of community land.

The premier, in his answer, referenced an options analysis which is clearly geared to serve the interest of the AFL and their grubby deal. The Premier is frankly deaf to the voices of the local community, but is all ears to the demands of the AFL.

Here is the text of my question:

Premier, the media are reporting that Gil McLachlan and the AFL are eying off the recreation ground at Cornelian Bay for the training and administration facility which would include an 9000 square metre indoor training centre, a gym and recovery area, locker, office and admin rooms, a player lounge and dining area, and a training oval the same size as the playing field at the MCG as required by the deal you signed.

This would take up almost the entirety of Cornelian Bay.

Premier, Cornelian Bay is used by art groups, volunteer dog walkers, Sunday informal cricketers, the south Asian/Indian volleyball community, the multicultural community, and touch footy groups just to name a few. It’s used for personal fitness, informal soccer practice, baseball, music festivals, kid’s birthday parties, mums and dads flying kites with their kids or having a kick of the footy, and it’s also important greens space for local social housing residents and community members.

It is one of the only recreational grounds in Hobart that isn’t exclusively leased to a club or league. Instead it is used and enjoyed by everyone.

This space is unique. It is highly valued by the local community. It is not Gil McLachlan’s or the AFL’s.

The community are worried they are going to lose this community space.

Premier, will you pick up the phone to Gil and his crew and tell them to take their grubby mitts off the community space at Cornelian Bay?

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