As part of its 2022 pre-season fixture to be released on Monday, December 20, Hawthorn will host Richmond in a tribute match to support the families who lost loved ones and the wider community.
North Melbourne Football Club will also show its support as part of the event.
Minister Colbeck, a Devonport resident, said the tribute match would mean a lot to the community as it deals with the unbelievably loss.
“It is an extraordinary acknowledgement from the AFL community as the people of Devonport and Tasmania draw together at this sad time,” Minister Colbeck said.
“It is a profound loss that will affect our community for a long time – but the outpouring of support across Australia brings some level of comfort.
“We are there for the people of Devonport, now and for the months and years ahead.
“I want to thank AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan, Hawthorn President Jeff Kennett, Richmond CEO Brendon Gale, North Melbourne CEO Ben Amarfio and Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein for taking the initiative to host an event that offers an opportunity for people to draw closer together.”
Further details for the match to be held on Saturday March 5 will be confirmed.