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'Bizarre' position over home for Tasmanian AFL team

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Tasmania's premier says it is bizarre a council has indicated it doesn't want a proposed AFL high-performance centre at two prominent public parkland spaces in Hobart.

The island state was in May granted a licence for inclusion in the national competition, contingent on the construction of a new $715 million waterfront stadium.

As part of the bid, the state government pledged $60 million towards building a training and administration high-performance centre.

Hobart City Council voted through a motion this week agreeing to work with the state government to explore potential sites for the centre.

However, the council also resolved to "strongly recommend" that Cornelian Bay and Queens Domain in Hobart are unsuitable locations.

It noted they were community open spaces and parkland for recreation and use by other sporting codes.

Premier Jeremy Rockliff said the council's position was disappointing and it was "bizarre" it had adopted it when there were no details of the proposal.

"Whatever the design and the construction of the high-performance centre, it will be a community facility," he told reporters on Tuesday.

Mr Rockliff said a number of municipalities had asked for more information about the proposed centre, and the government was working through the best options.

The state government in early August indicated it had begun discussions with councils to find a "home" for the state's AFL team.

No sites have yet been shortlisted, with the process for selecting the preferred location expected to be announced in September.

The Liberal state government has copped political heat and some community opposition over the plan for a new stadium for the team, which has a slated start date of 2028.

Two MPs who cited concerns about a lack of transparency around the AFL team and stadium deal quit the party in May, forcing the government into minority.

The state government has pledged $12 million per year for 12 years towards a team, while the AFL will spend $358 million over a decade.