Clubs should look at sports plan

AS president of the Coffs Harbour Sports Advisory Council (COFFSAC), Phil Crofts has called on as many sporting groups as possible to respond to Coffs Harbour City Council’s (CHCC) Draft Sports Facility Plan.

Crofts said this week that because this plan was aiming to prepare for Coffs Harbour sport for the next 20 years, it was essential that as many submissions as possible should be made.

“This gives local sports a great opportunity to have their individual voices heard, so that CHCC can respond as best it can within budgetary restraints,” Crofts said.

“We at COFFSAC strongly support the general thrust of the document but we call on the individual sporting groups to ensure all voices are heard when it comes time to CHCC adding the final touches to the document.”

In addition, Crofts indicated he felt that CHCC had done an admirable job in ensuring community participation in the lead-up to the draft plan’s release.

“Focus group sessions were held right at the beginning of the process, further group discussions in the second half of 2009 and there have been several sessions held since the release of the document,” Crofts said.

Council staff has already noted some specific modifications while the extended submission period which is closing on June 4 means the final report is anticipated to be ready in August.

However, Crofts also asked the sporting community to be realistic about its expectations, once the final report is adopted.

“The document has a Capital Works Prioritisation Framework which will be an essential aspect of constructing some sort of timeframe for the proposed works,” he said.

“The plan is also to cover 20 years, and as always, CHCC faces a herculean task to find the funds necessary to see the fruition of the proposed developments.”

Meanwhile in other COFFSAC news, Bruce Wallace will be the guest speaker for the next monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 11. Wallace is the Mid North Coast co-ordinator of Active After School Communities and over the last five to six years has spread the sporting word to a whole new range of young participants.

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