Some of the 100 people who attended Tuesday night’s forum about the future of the Coffs Harbour Showground.
Some of the 100 people who attended Tuesday night’s forum about the future of the Coffs Harbour Showground. David Fuller

No to showground namechange

AS A name for Coffs Harbour Showground, Harbour City Central has been unanimously rejected by a public forum.

Tuesday’s forum attracted about 100 people to Club Coffs to discuss A Land Use Strategy for Crown Land in the Coffs Harbour Showground Precinct.

The draft master plan for the ongoing improvement and redevelopment of these parcels of land had been commissioned by the NSW Land and Property Management Authority (LMPA).

The LPMA controls the land with an administrator for Coffs Harbour Showground, which replaced the former volunteer community trust three years ago.

Seven motions were overwhelmingly supported at the forum. These were:

  • The name Coffs Harbour Showground and Recreation Reserve be maintained.
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  • The LPMA forgive all existing loans to the showground (about $700,000).
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  • An audit of current and potential users be conducted by the showground administrator.
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  • The Coffs Harbour Show and other rural activities in the area be facilitated by the LPMA.

A voluntary community trust be reinstated for the Coffs Harbour Showground and Recreation Reserve and rents charged reflected the ability of non-profit community groups to pay.

The Coffs Harbour City Council looked into moving its works depot to provide better access to the showground in future.

Submissions to the draft plan be extended to March 2011

The Land Use Strategy document is available at www.lpma.gov.au.

It is on public exhibition for comment and public submissions until November 30.



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