FOOTBALL in Victoria’s north-west is set to undergo a major strategic review.
AFL Victoria Country and the commissions of AFL Wimmera Mallee, AFL Central Victoria and AFL Central Murray will form a working party to manage the process.
The review will look at the structure of community football competitions in the region.
The framework of the review will be announced to all stakeholders before September 5, with the review to be completed by June 2015.
The review’s recommendations will be implemented for the 2016 season.
AFL Wimmera Mallee regional general manager Bruce Petering said it would be a wide-reaching process.
“With the recent potential of clubs merging and the possibility of seeking alternative leagues, it is imperative that the situation is managed properly,” he said.
“Every action has a reaction - if one piece of the jigsaw puzzle is moved then it has far reaching effects on many other elements of the puzzle.
“We have an obligation to look after the integrity of all clubs across the region as well as providing the most sustainable outcomes for the game.”
All clubs within the three commissions will remain affiliated with their current leagues for the 2015 season.
AFL Central Victoria regional manager Paul Hamilton said this would be best for clubs.
“This stability is essential, at least in the short term, so that all clubs can plan for next year with certainty,” he said.
“Our aim is to provide a strategic approach to planning that will assist in providing the best environment for clubs to build sustainable futures.”