THE loss of a functioning showground to host the 2011 show is the worry hanging over Coffs Harbour Show Society members.
Society president Christopher Pearson said much was planned for next year’s show but the release of the Coffs Showground Draft Management Plan could determine the society’s future existence.
The draft plan is on public exhibition until November 12, and Mr Pearson is urging everyone to read it and make a submission, especially in light of the draft plan’s proposal for 99-year commercial leases on the showground proposed to be re-named Harbour City Central.
Recommendations that concern Mr Pearson include the proposals to cancel the existing management plan; remove the cattle sheds and reduce the sideshow alley area to expand the caravan park; to remove the ring fence; to remove the front pavilion for a bus bay and parking; to ban parking on the grounds and to reduce space in the horse area and camping area for a cafe, shade sails and business activities.
“The report is clearly anti-show,” Mr Pearson said.The draft plan can be viewed at www.lpma.nsw.gov.au
It is on display at Land & Property Management, 36 Marina Drive; Coffs Harbour City Council Chambers, 2 Castle St, and Coffs Harbour Showground, 123 Pacific Hwy.