Funding on city’s cabinet agenda

Treasurer Peter Gutwein, State Growth Minister Matthew Groom, Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin, Health Minister Michael Ferguson, Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding, Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff, Premier Will Hodgman, Human Services Minister Jacquie Petrusma and Resources Minister Paul Harriss at yesterday’s Launceston meeting. Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON

Treasurer Peter Gutwein, State Growth Minister Matthew Groom, Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin, Health Minister Michael Ferguson, Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding, Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff, Premier Will Hodgman, Human Services Minister Jacquie Petrusma and Resources Minister Paul Harriss at yesterday’s Launceston meeting. Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON

THE future of AFL in the North, sewage and QVMAG funding were just some of the issues raised by the Launceston City Council with state cabinet yesterday.

Cabinet met council staff and aldermen before going into a meeting held in the council chambers. The council had sought the meeting since the Liberal government took office in March, eager to ensure promised pre-election funding was still coming to the city and address other issues of concern.

Mayor Albert van Zetten said it had been a positive meeting.

Alderman van Zetten said the government gave its support to the council to ensure the AFL did not try and reduce the number of Hawthorn games from four to three, when the contract expires in 2016.

It was recently reported he intended to form a united front with Hawthorn and the state government to lobby the AFL to keep the four games and push for a fifth.

Alderman van Zetten said QVMAG funding was also a contentious issue the council wanted addressed, as it drained $4.2million from the budget.

He said the government agreed to renew the funding deal for just one year and in the next three to four months, they would sit down and devise another model.

‘‘We can’t continue this arrangement in the future because it’s a drain on the Launceston City Council,’’ Alderman van Zetten said.

Addressing the sewage run-off into the Tamar River and funding for Aurora Stadium was also discussed.

Alderman van Zetten said Premier Will Hodgman would stick to all the pre-election funding promises for flood remediation works at Kings Meadows, the Northbank redevelopment and Cataract Gorge.

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