A PARLIAMENTARY inquiry into football in Tasmania is set to proceed after its terms of reference were finalised yesterday.
The inquiry to be undertaken by the public accounts committee, follows a call last month from Bass Liberal MHA Peter Gutwein for an investigation into the future of football at all levels including State League, regional and country competitions.
The parliamentary committee will consider: 1) The funding provided to AFL Tasmania by the Tasmanian Government and how that funding is used to support and develop community football in Tasmania, including umpiring.
2) The future and structure of community football _ along with any other incidental matters.
Committee chairman, Ivan Dean said the inquiry was being held because of community concern about what was happening with football in the state and how the $500,000 state government funding to AFL Tasmania was being used.
He said the final term of reference was deliberately ``a broad, capture-all phrase'' to ensure no-one was excluded from the inquiry's scope.
``At our next meeting we will discuss how we are going to move this on and set the dates and the times to publicise this in the press,'' he said.
``We are anxious at this stage to complete our RSPCA inquiry and we are concentrating on that report at this time.
``Our next meeting will be on September 11 and we have a full day set aside to determine the position of this football inquiry.''
Mr Gutwein is one of six members of the public accounts committee along with with fellow MHAs Kim Booth and Brenton Best and MLCs Paul Harriss, Adriana Taylor and Dean.
North Launceston president Thane Brady has publicly supported Mr Gutwein's call for an inquiry following off-field State League turmoil this season.
AFL Tasmania chief executive Scott Wade had previously said that he did not see the need for a football inquiry but thought that it if it did happen then ``football would be the winner.''