THE chairman of the parliamentary committee inquiry into AFL Tasmania's use of government funding believes the evidence that has been presented to it paints a very poor picture of the game's governing body in this state.
However, Windermere MLC Ivan Dean hoped it would be enough for AFL Tasmania to change its ways as it looks to repair its fractured relationship with the grassroots level of the game.
Among some of the claims at the two hearings in Hobart and Launceston, which is investigating whether the $500,000 of state government funding AFL Tasmania gets flows down to the game's lower levels, was that there was a lack of trust from lower leagues, with no communication between different levels of the game and that funding had been "wasted".
There were also several calls for chief executive Scott Wade to be replaced.
The organisation was accused of focusing too much on the State League and producing future AFL players than on the grassroots level of the game, while South Launceston chief executive Daniel Smedley was again forced to defend himself against claims of conflict of interest due to his involvement with both the Bulldogs and South Prospect clubs.
Mr Dean believed issues surrounding South Launceston's departure from the State League and Mr Smedley's connection to the two clubs were the final straws for many in the football community.
"Just listening to the witnesses, they haven't just brought forward their worries, they've brought forward evidence," Mr Dean said.
"They have told us there is no support, no communication, and even the umpires have issues, which is a worry.
"I didn't imagine or realise that the problems in the game were as deep as this."
He said he had "no doubt" AFL Tasmania was concerned about what had been presented.
AFL Tasmania will get the chance to present its own case, with the committee to call on the organisation to give evidence.
A planning meeting will be held on Wednesday to decide the committee's next step.