Local AFL oppose proposed Council budget cuts
LOCAL AFL supporters are among those anxiously awaiting the outcome of Thursday night's vote on Council's management plan.
The Advocate's Around The Traps columnist and AFL North Coast president Rod Macpherson said if cuts to the Sports Development Unit go ahead the growth of the sport in the area could be jeopardised.
"As individuals from the local AFL association, we want to say that we are concerned that councillors are bringing their own private agendas," Mr MacPherson said.
"The AFL has a vested interest in the matter as these cuts could impact any future events with the AFL in the area."
Mr Macpherson said regional AFL has grown in recent years and any interference could potentially deter future games with big teams and ongoing development.
"The AFL in particular has invested quite heavily here in redevelopment projects at Richardson Park and also at Fitzroy Oval with lighting," he said.
"If Council cuts money from that area, it will place those support funds in jeopardy in the future.
"As an AFL community, we have asked as many people as possible to come along to the council meeting and tell them they don't have the best interests of the community at heart."