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AFL boss arrives in Tasmania ahead of stadium progress meeting with state government

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AFL chief executive Andrew Dillon. Image / Pulse

The chief executive of the AFL has touched down in Hobart ahead of a ‘top-secret’ meeting with the state government.

Andrew Dillon and others from the league landed just before 10am on Wednesday on VA1316 from Melbourne.

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Pulse understands the AFL are looking for the government to ‘get a move on’ with the stadium and other required AFL facilities.

Dillon said they are here seeking a progress update ahead of the Tasmania Devils’ proposed 2028 AFL debut.

“[We’re] looking forward for some progress on the stadium and some updates on the training and admin facility,” he said.

AFL chief executive Andrew Dillon with Tasmanian AFL head Damian Gill. Image / Pulse

“Nothing specific, just an update on where we are with the design and the planning process.”

He said the project was “absolutely” heading in the right direction.

“[We’re] really happy with the progress that’s been made, but there’s a lot of work to be done and everyone’s pushing in the right direction.”

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Dillon will also meet with Devils chairman Grant O’Brien and the AFL Tasmania team.

“They’re doing a great job at the moment. Participation is going really well and we’re making really good progress,” he said.

“The team [now has] 190,000 plus members.”

Tasmania Football Club Chair Grant O’Brien. Image / Linda Higginson

Macquarie Point Development Corporation chief executive Anne Beach told a parliamentary hearing last week that the updated concept designs would be ready to share with the public soon.

She said confidence they can keep the cost of the stadium within the $750 million budget was high, despite increasing building material and labour costs since the estimate was provided almost two years ago.

The meeting comes as various community groups and political figures attempt to derail plans for the multi-purpose stadium and Rosny high performance centre.

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