AFL in Cairns

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thegreig

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Aug 12, 2010
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I was watching a report on the ABC the other night on the governments plans of developing North Queensland particularly Cairns, two main points of the story were relocating public servants from Canberra and New Port to Cairns and making Cairns the home of Australia's main navy base. With the international airport extension tacking place in the near future and talks of a second casino being built up there it got me thinking how quickly the population will boom and how the AFL can grow/cement the game in the area.
The NRL already has the North Queensland Cowboys based in Townsville and I feel like it would be a wasted opportunity to grow the game if the AFL didn't do more than just play one game for points a year up there alongside a small local comp.
 

brisbane13

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Nov 27, 2012
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I was watching a report on the ABC the other night on the governments plans of developing North Queensland particularly Cairns, two main points of the story were relocating public servants from Canberra and New Port to Cairns and making Cairns the home of Australia's main navy base. With the international airport extension tacking place in the near future and talks of a second casino being built up there it got me thinking how quickly the population will boom and how the AFL can grow/cement the game in the area.
The NRL already has the North Queensland Cowboys based in Townsville and I feel like it would be a wasted opportunity to grow the game if the AFL didn't do more than just play one game for points a year up there alongside a small local comp.
there isn't a population just yet for an AFL club. Townsville is a much larger town than cairns with people living cliser to the city. cairns population is vastly spread out.
a operating revenue for an AFL club more than 3 times that of an NRL club. most NRL clubs are around 15 million. AFL clubs are up to any where from 40 million to 65 million in operating revenue.
would be nice for an AFL team in cairns, but only in a dream
 

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Kreuuuzeurns

Norm Smith Medallist
Sep 25, 2013
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Tassie first
Tassie is and always will be footy mad. I know what you're hinting at, they do deserve a team as much as any other city in Australia but I have always been under the impression that Cairns is 50/50 footy rugby, so it needs to be hit hard and made sure that the AFL is the clear number one.
 

coniglio_number1

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Sep 16, 2011
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Wouldn't be bad if in 2020 another 2 teams enter with tassie and FNQ(far north qld). That being said tassie having free access to the tassie zone would mean they should be competitive earlier and will no doubt lure some tasmans back quite easily. Players like kolojashnij, mohr, reiwoldt, birchill, lonergan etc would make a good starting core not to mention the draft concessions
 

Hawker81

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Apr 3, 2012
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Football is very popular in Port Douglas. A team in Cairns in the future would be great. Especially with the right scheduling of having games on long weekends and school holidays.
 

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Aussie in exile

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Nov 21, 2013
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With the money being spent on certain expansion clubs for the foreseeable future i can't see a team in North Queensland for at least 20 years. I'm with the guys who think the Tassie should have the next AFL club as IMO after start up costs in won't cost the game a cent.
 

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