Fraser fears Coffs showground sale

THERE are fresh fears the Coffs Harbour Showground is about to be sold off and that the city council knows of the plan.

Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said references to the Showground within two of the Coffs Harbour City Council’s draft strategies and plans had made him so anxious he had raised the issue in State Parliament

“Within the Draft Open Space Strategy is a plan to: ‘Develop direct linkages from the Botanic Gardens and the Showground via a bridge over Coffs Creek, in conjunction with any future major showground redevelopment’,” Mr Fraser said.

“It also notes in the Coffs Harbour Sports Facility Plan appendices in relation to soccer that: ‘The sports field is in good condition and is serviced by the Norm Jordan Pavilion. It is likely that the sports field will not continue to be available in the medium to long term as the LPMA (Land Property Management Authority) may seek to redevelop the showground’.”

Mr Fraser said he believes those references indicate the Government wants the Showground redeveloped and the Coffs Harbour City Council (CHCC) is privy to those plans.

“It is high time the State Government made its intentions public and any information CHCC may have should be made public as well. The showground is too valuable a resource to be flogged to the highest bidder,” he said.

“For many years, many commercial developers have had their eye on the showground for redevelopment. Every time the issue of redevelopment or sale of the showground has been raised, strong community pressure has put a stop to it.

“I look forward to advice from the council and the government as to their intentions for this valuable public asset. I will not sit idly by as Coffs Harbour city’s representative and allow this land to be flogged to the highest bidder.”

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