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North to help devastated Tasmania

By Laura Gardiner
10 January 2013 01:18PM EST

NORTH Melbourne have declared they plan to send players and coaches to lend a hand to the areas of Tasmania devastated by bushfires.

The Kangaroos declared on Thursday that they will assist the Tasmanian government in rebuilding Dunalley Primary School, which was razed by raging bushfires last week.

Ferocious fires swept through southern Tasmania last Friday night, destroying 129 properties, including the primary school.

The fire which destroyed the Dunalley school also claimed 65 homes in the area, which is around 60km from Hobart.

North commenced a long-term commitment to play some home games in Hobart last season, with matches against newcomers Greater Western Sydney in April and West Coast in early July.

The Kangas again have two fixtures in Hobart for this season, hosting reigning premiers Sydney in Round 3 on April 13 and Port Adelaide three weeks later.

North interim chief executive Cam Vale said the 'Roos were committed to helping the stricken residents in rebuilding after the horror event.

“It’s obviously an extremely difficult time for all Tasmanians and we will be doing everything we can to support and assist in the recovery efforts moving forward,” Vale said in a statement.

“We want to express our deepest sympathies and pass on our best wishes to everyone involved and affected by the fires.”

Vale said the Kangaroos are planning a camp for the club's first-year players in Hobart next week.

The 'Roos chief said the club would consider ways in which the players and some coaching staff can lend a hand to some of the devastated areas and residents.

“If we can utilise our players and coaches in some way, then we will definitely do that," Vale said.

"All of that is still to be determined.”

Vale said the Kangaroos would look for any other ways they can be of help.

“Right now it’s important that we stay in direct contact with the Premier, AFL Tasmania and the AFL to ascertain what the community needs and where best we can focus our efforts and energy to help the various areas and residents get back on their feet," he said.

With many Tasmanian football competitions set to kick off in the coming weeks, AFL Tasmania boss Scott Wade said the local football community will also offer support.

Wade also said AFL Tasmania would help in the efforts to rebuild Dunalley Primary.

“AFL Tasmania will engage the broad support of our local football community," Wade said.

“AFL Tasmania is not aware of any football club that has lost property or suffered as a result of the recent bushfires throughout the State, and therefore joining the North Melbourne Football Club to help rebuild the Dunalley Primary School will initially be our focus,” Wade stated.

“I’d like to reiterate, we will continue to consult with the Tasmanian government, the AFL and other relevant stakeholders concerning how each of us can add value to the rebuilding project and other initiatives.”

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