Kingborough Council submitted its proposal for hosting the Tasmanian AFL High-Performance Training Centre at the Twin Ovals complex today.
Mayor, Paula Wriedt said Council was excited to present the proposal to the State Government and potentially increase the great sporting facilities available in Kingborough.
“We already have 33 different sporting groups using the Kingborough Sporting Precinct including the Tasmanian Jack Jumpers, State Gymnastics Centre, and the Kingston High School,” Cr Wriedt said.
“Adding the High-Performance Training Centre into the mix will build on Kingborough’s existing high-class facilities and provide a solid avenue for growth of Australian Rules Football in Tasmania.
“Importantly as the Council we are united in wanting the High-Performance Centre in Kingborough because it makes the most sense.
“We also have the backing of our stakeholders the Kingborough Tigers Football and Kingborough District Cricket Clubs, who have both written letters of support for our proposal.
“We don’t want our community sporting clubs disadvantaged.
“There will be some shifting around on the ovals, but we are proposing an additional two new ovals and a new clubroom for the Kingborough District Cricket Clubs which will be value adding to the precinct.
“This proposal would also alleviate the Cricket Club juniors having to play home games in Brighton.
“By choosing Kingston as the home for the new High-Performance Centre, the AFL will become an integral part of this vibrant community, fostering a sense of pride and ownership among the residents.
“Our proposal includes a comprehensive plan to enhance these facilities, ensuring they meet the highest standards required by elite athletes.
“The existing infrastructure combined with our commitment to continual improvement guarantees a world-class facility that will attract athletes from across the nation.
“We are also confident that our community will be an attractive place for the players and staff, as our appeal extends beyond just the excellent facilities and into the very fabric of our community.
“With the close proximity to Hobart, coupled with Kingston’s quality of life including its great schools, pristine beaches and natural environment, we are hoping this proposal makes an attractive offer for the AFL team and its players.”