A COFFS Harbour politician is teed off with the Minister for Lands following a decision to hike the rent of a local club by 550 per cent.
The Coffs Harbour Golf Club has been informed their lease payments for the Crown and City Council land that the course sits on will jump from $7400 in 2008 to $41,250 by 2011.
Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser believes the decision to increase rent on Crown Land will affect sporting groups around the area including surf, fishing and bowling clubs.
“Many of these clubs are suffering financially at the moment and this decision will be of great detriment to their members and the community,” Mr Fraser said.
“The Coffs Harbour Golf Club has turned unviable Crown Land into useable land, which is utilised by hundreds of residents and visitors on a regular basis.”
Mr Fraser said the huge rent hikes will mean the financial viability of organisations that occupy Crown Land will be severely affected.
“Jobs could be lost and land will fall into disrepair,” he said.
“Surf clubs, the majority of which run on shoestring budgets with profits returned to public safety, will be made unviable if rent increases are applied.”
Mr Fraser said he will be writing to Minister for Lands Tony Kelly to request re-consideration of the decision.