Single authority for reserves

Coffs Harbour Showground is the focus of an LPMA draft master plan to develop a Harbour City Central Reserve.
Coffs Harbour Showground is the focus of an LPMA draft master plan to develop a Harbour City Central Reserve.

COFFS Harbour Showground Land Use Strategy, a draft master plan for Coffs Harbour Showground and other Crown reserves adjoining it, envisages a single authority to manage and control those reserves.

The plan takes the approach that although past uses of the Showground and neighbouring reserves like the Marcia St Reserve, Fitzroy Park and the War Memorial Swimming Pool site have served the community well, they may not be the most appropriate uses in the future.

One of the requirements of the brief was to look at commercial opportunities.

The plan recommends land in the study area remain in public ownership, with a single authority taking an integrated approach to administration and management of the precinct to be collectively known as Harbour City Central.

“In reality it is some decades since an annual agricultural show formed the principal focus of the operation and management of the Coffs Harbour Showground,” the draft plan notes.

A bus bay is likely to replace the Showground’s present dance pavilion in the longer term and a commercially-based multi-function space to accommodate permanent and transitory uses is envisaged, with spaces for the existing arts and crafts gallery, interest groups and community activities.

The draft plan notes that although the council has invested significant resources in its works depot in Marcia St, which is located on a Crown reserve, there is no tenure in place between the Lands and Property Management Authority (formerly lands Department) and Coffs Harbour City Council for this.

A Land Use Strategy for Crown Lands in the Coffs Harbour Showground Precinct is on exhibition at Coffs Harbour City Council office and Land and Property Management offices in Coffs Harbour and Grafton until November 12.

The plan can be found online at by clicking on the Crown lands tab and then publications. Email submissions can be sent toCLWR.NorthCoast@lpma.

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