New sports centre for uni campus
A NEW $1 million Sports and Recreation Centre, incorporating a gymnasium and playing courts, will be built at Southern Cross University's Coffs Harbour campus.
The federal Member for Cowper, Mr Luke Hartsuyker, this week made the announcement that the project had received funding through the Voluntary Student Union (VSU) Transitional Fund for Sporting and Recreational Facilities.
The Coffs Harbour sports complex will include a two-court multi-sports layout, to be used for indoor sports and recreational activities, and a 500 square metre health and fitness gymnasium.
Southern Cross University Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Clark said this facility was another step in the continued development of the Coffs Harbour campus.
"This is a very welcome announcement and will provide much-needed sporting facilities, not only for the staff and students at Southern Cross University, but also for students at the North Coast Institute of TAFE and Coffs Harbour Senior College," Professor Clark said.
"This will also provide an additional high-quality sporting facility for use by the local community and allow development of a number of health and fitness initiatives."
Professor Clark said the University had been working closely with student associations at its three campuses in Coffs Harbour, Lismore and Tweed Gold Coast to ensure services were maintained in the wake of VSU.
"This is a very positive step and will give our students at Coffs Harbour access to a modern facility for a wide range of activities," he said.
"We are looking at a quite innovative building design and aim to have the centre operating in 2008."
The building will be constructed on a site close to the existing sports hall on the southern side of the campus.