THE Launceston City Council will refuse any moves by the AFL to remove Hawthorn games from Aurora Stadium and replace them with games from another team.
Aldermen yesterday agreed Launceston businesses would suffer if a club with a smaller membership was based in the North.
AFL Tasmania wants to see one team play eight season games in the state, split between Launceston and Hobart.
Hawthorn is contracted for four roster matches at Aurora Stadium until 2016, and the council will ask the club to play a fifth game next year.
In other matters, the council yesterday refused to contribute $20,000 to the Love Launceston City of Learning partnership, because, it said, the promotion of learning institutions should be covered by those institutions.
The council will also approach the Local Government Association of Tasmania to hold its annual conference in Launceston in 2014 and 2015.
Alderman Tony Peck gave notice that he would move a motion in a fortnight that the council investigate setting up wireless internet in the Brisbane Street Mall.
Former Launceston City Council corporate secretary Martin Reynolds in public question time yesterday questioned general manager Robert Dobrzynski on leadership attributes and qualities.
Mr Reynolds was made redundant after 36 years of service as part of an ongoing operational restructure of the council.
Mr Dobrzynski took the question on notice, but added his role required different skills and his performance was continuously scrutinised by the council and the community.
Mr Reynolds also criticised Mayor Albert van Zetten and Mr Dobrzynski for not talking about his redundancy on his final day on Friday.