Jeff Kennett’s second stint as the president of Hawthorn will help ensure the club stays in Launceston for the longterm.
That is the view of Launceston Chamber of Commerce executive officer Neil Grose.
Mr Grose said the club’s management had made it clear to the chamber that Hawthorn wanted to stay in Tasmania past the end of its current 2021 contract.
“[Mr Kennett] is committed to Launceston and increasing Hawthorn’s participation in the fabric of Launceston,” he said.
“At every stage Mr Kennett has sought to reinforce Hawthorn’s relationship with this city and is further laying the foundations for a very long and productive relationship here.
“There is no question in my mind that Hawthorn is here to stay.”
Mr Grose’s comments come in the leadup to the Hawthorn president’s visit to the city to speak at an official chamber luncheon.
Kennett in Conversation will take place on Friday, April 27 at the Tramsheds, Inveresk, with Mr Kennett touted to speak about his club’s committment to Northern Tasmania.
ANZ Bank general manager of business banking Isaac Rankin will also speak at the event.
“Given that Launceston is on the cusp of significant economic development, [Mr Rankin’s] insights could give rise to opportunities and advantages here in Launceston,” Mr Grose said.
“No doubt there will also be some coverage of the banking royal commission.”
Tickets for Kennett in Conversation are $95 and are available at lcc.asn.au.