Liberals lead efforts for AFL hub in Canberra

The Canberra Liberals are leading efforts to establish an AFL hub in Canberra.

The Leader of the Canberra Liberals Alistair Coe and the Shadow Minister for Sport and Recreation James Milligan have written to the head of the Australian Football League urging him to consider Canberra as a hub for the AFL.

Given Canberra’s relative success in dealing with COVID-19, the quality of Manuka Oval playing surface and supporting infrastructure, and our proximity to Sydney, the Liberals Leader said Canberra was an ideal location for the AFL.

“Canberra ticks all the boxes,” Mr Coe said.

“After an extraordinarily difficult year with the bushfires, hail and pandemic, there’s no doubt an AFL hub would create a new vibrancy in the community.

“It would be good for the local economy, and a great boost of morale for sport loving Canberrans. The importance of sport and culture to the broader community shouldn’t be underestimated,” Mr Coe said.

Mr Coe said strict health and hygiene protocols would help ensure the safety of players and spectators.

The Shadow Sports Minister James Milligan said Canberra has a proud AFL heritage and successfully hosts AFL and AFLW games each year.

“We are very well placed to host several AFL teams,” Mr Milligan said.