Federal Minister for Regional Development Anthony Albanese gives community facilities in Coffs Harbour a push yesterday.
Federal Minister for Regional Development Anthony Albanese gives community facilities in Coffs Harbour a push yesterday. Rob Wright

$1 million for Sportz Central

LOCAL sport received a huge shot in the arm yesterday courtesy of a cashed-up Federal Minister.

Coffs Harbour’s Sportz Central received $457,000 in funding, announced by Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Anthony Albanese, in Round Two of the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program.

The Federal Government money takes the revamp of the indoor sports centre to more than $1 million following council’s $575,000 worth of upgrades to bring the venue up to a standard for seating 1000 people and install insulation, a hearing loop and new function rooms and storage areas.

The new funds will help finance the demolition and construction of a new entrance lobby for Sportz Central; expansion of the kiosk; improvements to indoor and outdoor seating areas and the installation of a demountable stage.

The $1 million spend cements Sportz Central’s role as the de-facto entertainment centre for the city.

“Sportz Central has hosted major sporting events like State-level basketball, regional-level indoor soccer, volleyball and karate championships, national handball championships, the Australian University Games, netball, quad rugby and wheelchair basketball,” Mr Albanese said.

“It has also brought national shows like Oz Opera and Questacon’s touring shows to Coffs harbour, as well as Coffs City orchestra performances, community shows and school holiday programs.”

The Minister said the funding would support eight jobs during construction, so it would help support the local economy today while providing lasting benefits for the community through improved infrastructure in the future.



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