Tas premier not worried by AFL delays

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Tasmania's premier isn't fazed by delays around the decision on a 19th AFL licence, indicating grassroots funding remains a sticking point between the league and the state government.

A vote by the 18 club presidents on whether to grant Tasmania entry to the competition was originally slated to occur by the end of August.

Premier Jeremy Rockliff said discussions with the AFL were ongoing in relation to several matters, but said a decision was expected in the "not too distant future".

"We've been waiting 30 years for this. It's important we do due diligence (and) ensure we get value for money," he said on Wednesday.

"A little bit of time on the end of what has been a three-decade ask is not too much to ask."

Rockliff wouldn't be drawn on whether the state government was open to increasing their $150 million funding offer, made up of $10 million a year over 10 years and $50 million for start-up costs.

He said talks were continuing with the AFL to ensure grassroots footy in Tasmania received adequate support.

"We all love our local footy and the evidence is certainly there that local footy clubs are dying in regional and rural areas and we don't want that," he said.

AFL chief Gillon McLachlan last week said the league was optimistic of reaching an agreement with the Tasmanian government which would go to presidents, boards and clubs in coming weeks.

The state government is undertaking a $1.25 million feasibility study into a new stadium in Hobart.

The Mercury newspaper reported the AFL has commissioned artists' impressions for a multipurpose stadium at Macquarie Point on the capital's waterfront.

Rockliff said the feasibility study was exploring all options.

"(It is looking at) stadiums not only across Australia but across the world and what best suits and fits our environment here in Tasmania," he said.

"What we want is to have an iconic experience. It's about a whole arts, entertainment, sporting precinct."

The state government has previously said a new stadium would cost around $750 million.