Make your voice heard



THE upcoming 2005 annual general meeting gives cause once again for Coffs Harbour Sports Advisory Council to review its operations and effectiveness as the spokesgroup for the local sporting community.

Outgoing Coffsac president Phil Crofts reiterated again this week that Coffsac can only work effectively with a wide membership and keen participation.

"Attendance and active participation at meetings is vital to ensure the sporting voice continues to be heard," Crofts said this week. "While there will always be a variety of opinions on various matters, Coffsac is the perfect forum to discuss and consider those opinions, and to find a consensus agreement to go forward with."

Crofts emphasised that while Coffsac had enjoyed a harmonious relationship with Coffs Harbour City Council, and the Sports Unit in particular, a solid and committed membership was needed to make certain that all opinions were canvassed on the various matters.

"The combined Coffsac group and its voice have a much stronger chance of promoting the sporting aspect than individuals or single clubs," Crofts said.

"I urge as many sporting groups as possible to become involved in the workings of Coffsac."

Current matters under consideration include priorities for NSW Sports and Recreation Capital Assistance grants, cleaning and maintenance of CHCC oval amenity blocks, planning for a variety of future local sporting facilities and, in particular, hastening the progress of the area known as West Marshalls Estate.

Crofts issued a plea for all sports to consider joining Coffsac, not just those using CHCC facilities.

"While we are a liaison group with CHCC, we have a more important role to act as a general sporting forum, where a variety of sports can discuss and consider issues that are pertinent to all," Crofts said.

The AGM for Coffsac will be held today commencing at 5.30pm at the CHCC Sports Unit at 169 Rose Avenue.

There will be at least one change on the Coffsac executive, with treasurer Bruce Barnier standing down after meritorious service.

"Bruce has indicated that he wishes to hand over the reins to a younger enthusiast, but Bruce has also indicated he remains a strong supporter for Coffsac and its operations," Crofts said.

"Both myself and secretary Lorraine Drew are hoping to see new faces and renewed enthusiasm at the AGM.

"2006 represents the 20th anniversary since the Coffs Harbour Sports Council began operating and it would be nice to think we can make the year some sort of milestone for Coffs Harbour sport."

For more information, contact Phil Crofts on 6652 5525.



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