Letter to the Editor - June 11: Better use of airport land

MANY regional airports now have commercial precincts, thus the unused land surrounding airports is put to use and becomes another revenue stream for the owner - in this case the Coffs Council.

This idea was prompted by the lack of social infrastructure in Coffs Harbour, such as a venue to have one really good Sunday market, instead of three small competing markets. This expanded market could include - the used car mart currently held at the showground, a weekly car boot sale, a farmers market, an artists pavilion, an amusement park, live music and buskers, etc.

There is ample land at the airport for all these activities plus car parking and a public bus terminal.

The other glaring lack in Coffs is a suitable venue for the annual agricultural show, and other outdoor events, that has sufficient parking space, and that does not cause the massive traffic disruption that now occurs when these events are held at the showground.

So if a new showground was built on airport land then the associated buildings and covered areas could be used for the Sunday markets, etc, for the other 51 weeks of the year.

Providing all the infrastructure and associated roads and services would be beyond the Coffs Council, however, the land could be offered to a developer to set up a commercial precinct with the proviso that they pay for the capital works in return for the use of the land for a certain period of time.

LEN EVANS



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