Candidates to woo sporting community

WITH the local government elections almost here, Coffs Harbour Sports Advisory Council (COFFSAC) has taken on something of an educational role by organising a forum.

The election forum is to be held on Tuesday, September 9, commencing at 5.30pm at the Coffs Harbour Netball Association complex in Murray Drive.

All the intending candidates have been invited and many have already responded indicating their willingness to discuss the issue of sport and sporting facilities in the city.

COFFSAC has something of a tradition of being involved in local government elections, having on previous occasions raised the sporting profile in the campaigns and distributing how-to-vote cards.

This time COFFSAC has offered candidates the chance to directly meet with the sporting fraternity, to present their ideas and plans for sport and to answer questions from interested community members.

Some issues of likely interest will range from Coffs Harbour's involvement in high-profile sporting arrangements down to the concerns of the average weekend sports person and what plans are in place to provide for the increasing demands of sport from one end of the city to the other.

In addition, the burgeoning costs of maintenance and capital works remain a serious concern.

Both COFFSAC president Phil Crofts and vice-president Ken Robinson have both had recent experience of seeing what top-class facilities can do for sport at the top level in other regional centres in Australia and now would seem a good time for Coffs Harbour to start planning ahead to be at the front of future national developments.

For further information regarding next week's electoral forum, contact Ken Robinson on home phone 6651 1786 or email to

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