Tears for Showground Trust

By CRAIG McTEAR

MYRA Zacher admits to shedding more than a just a few tears over a dramatic State Government decision.

Myra has served on the Coffs Harbour Showground and Public Recreation Trust for 21 years, but Lands Minister Tony Kelly has ended that with a stroke of the pen.

He's sacked the board and appointed an administrator, effective on May 11.

"This is like home to me," Myra said at the showground yesterday.

Mr Kelly wrote to the six board members saying the Trust was 'having difficulty with the management of the showground facility and the associated caravan park'.

"For some time now, I have been concerned about the difficulties and stresses volunteer trust board members are asked to assume in the management of significant business enterprises," Mr Kelly said.

He said his decision was in line with the removal of community trusts from other caravan parks in the Coffs Harbour area.

However, he also said the Trust had done a good job maintaining and improving the showground's facilities, 'helping to make it one of the best in the State'.

Trust chairman Paul Israel said board members wanted the status quo to remain, with the 'full support of the Lands Department'.

"We've looked to the Lands Department for advice and assistance before and haven't got it," Mr Israel said.

He also hoped the showground would remain 'a great community asset'.



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