Help save showground

PEOPLE who wish to comment on the Draft Masterplan and Land Use Strategy for the Coffs Harbour Showground will need to put pen to paper as a matter of urgency.

The Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said submissions to the plan close tomorrow and it was imperative that people had their say.

“I am a very strong supporter of retaining the Coffs Harbour Showground recreation reserve as a showground and recreation reserve trust for the people of Coffs Harbour as it is a valuable public asset and should remain so,” Mr Fraser said.

“It is a public reserve dedicated as a showground and for other recreation uses. Thousands of residents and hundreds of organisations have used this facility over many years.

“I am concerned at some aspects of the draft plan, such as the commercialisation of parts of the showground and the proposed name change from ‘Coffs Harbour Showground and Recreation Reserve' to ‘Harbour City Central'.

“I do not believe a name change is needed, nor required, particularly to something that is totally inappropriate.

“This and other issues of concern in the draft document were discussed at a well attended public meeting held at Club Coffs last week.

“It is important that residents have their say on the draft proposals and lodge submissions before the closing date.

“A copy of the draft document is available for viewing in my electorate office.”

Submissions on the proposals contained in the draft document close Tuesday, November 30.

Submissions should be sent to the Senior Manager, Far North Coast, Crown Lands Division, Land and Property Management Authority, PO Box 272, Grafton, 2460 or emailed to

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