Hawks Fly High in Tassie for Last Game of 2012 Sun 12 August 2012 Brian Wightman Member for Bass The Member for Bass, Brian Wightman, today welcomed the Hawthorn Football Club back to Tasmania for its final game of the season in the State, against Port Adelaide. Mr Wightman said it was the twelfth year Hawthorn had played AFL Premiership Season games in Tasmania, and the partnership was continuing to reap rewards for the community. "The State Government's agreement with the AFL and the Hawks has resulted in a number of projects that strongly support community engagement around the State," Mr Wightman said. "This winter, Hawthorn and the Salvation Army have joined forces to support those less fortunate by collecting pre-loved scarves for distribution through a wide range of programs in Tasmania. "Tassie Hawks operations manager, Shayne Stevenson, will be hitting the road and visiting Tasmanian cities and towns across the state where members can donate their scarves to the cause. "And the new 'Passport to Launceston' initiative, which offers attractive benefits to visitors, is also sure to be popular and extend interest outside of game days at Aurora Stadium." Mr Wightman said sporting events, such as Hawthorn's games in Tasmania, have a significant positive impact on Tasmania's economy and contribute to the aims of the state's Economic Development Plan. "Visitors to AFL games are exposed to our natural attributes and cultural heritage that promote our regions as attractive places to live and work, supporting our regional economic development aims," Mr Wightman said. "These games are wonderful events for the state, and on behalf of all Tasmanians I wish the Hawthorn and Port Adelaide football clubs the best of luck for today's game."