11 December 2015 Have Your Say on Sport Facilities’ Future

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A review of the Coffs Harbour Sports Facility Plan 2010 will go on public exhibition for community comment on December 16 2015 for ten weeks until February 24 2016.

The Coffs Harbour Sports Facility Plan was adopted by Council in 2010 and is intended as a strategic facility planning document with a life of around 20 years.

“The Coffs Harbour Sports Facility Plan 2010 is an important document for Council,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight. “This five-year review will ensure that necessary changes in the sporting and community landscape are incorporated so the Plan remains relevant both to residents and visitors. I’d urge as many people as possible to take a look and give us their views.”

The purpose of the review is to outline any changes to future planned sporting provision outlined in the 2010 plan. Whilst the entire 2010 plan has been considered, the draft review document focuses on significant changes in the sporting environment within that time.

“Sports grounds are highly valued by a broad cross-section of the community,” said Nikki Greenwood, Council’s Group Leader City Prosperity. “Upgrading existing sporting infrastructure and expanding the network of sporting facilities also enhances the liveability of Coffs Harbour, as well as building on the city’s attractiveness as a destination for new residents and home for existing locals.

“Providing a range of sporting facilities at different levels helps nurture talent from novice to elite. Additionally, quality sporting facilities is likely to attract sport service providers, further boosting the industry and local economy.

“Plus, the development and upgrading of regional and district sporting facilities can only add to Coffs Harbour’s appeal as a major sport tourism destination and will enhance the city’s capacity to attract and stage major events – a significant economic driver for the whole community. Conservative figures estimate that sporting events currently inject approximately$30 million into the local economy each year.”

The draft Sports Facility Plan Review will be on exhibition for ten weeks, due to the Christmas period, from December 16 2015 until February 24 2016. It is anticipated that a final draft review will be finalised and presented to Council for adoption in mid-2016.

The review of the Coffs Harbour Sports Facility Plan 2010 can be viewed from December 16 2015 on Council’s website at www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/publicnotices as well as local libraries and Council’s Main Administration Building.