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Park renaming in Clive's honour ensures 'Mr Sport' lives on

REMEMBERING CLIVE: The late Clive Joass was Mr Sport around Woolgoolga and the northern beaches.
REMEMBERING CLIVE: The late Clive Joass was Mr Sport around Woolgoolga and the northern beaches.

THE SPORTING community of Woolgoolga will come together this Saturday at noon for a ceremony to mark the dedication of the Clive Joass Memorial Sports Park.

The High St playing fields are being renamed to honour the late sporting identity and Coffs Harbour City Councillor who did so much so that people on the northern beaches could enjoy their leisure hours to the maximum.

Another local legend of sport, Steel Beveridge, said it was fitting the dedication would be held in the presence of Clive's family and friends.

"The naming of the fields in memory of Clive is most fitting," he said.

"He was at various stages the chairman or president of Woolgoolga Sports Council for many years and later made a life member.

"As a city councillor he was always an advocate for sport in our city and most particularly in Woolgoolga.

"His was not the narrow view of a partisan of a particular code or discipline.

"Clive was enthusiastic to see all sport flourish.

"The renaming of the fields is fitting recognition of his legacy."

While Sports Council head and as a Coffs Harbour City Councillor, he was the driving force in the partnership that led to the construction of the playing fields in High St that from this weekend will bear his name.

He played an active role in managing the use of all local sport facilities under the Sports Council's lease agreement with Council.

Before being elected to Coffs Harbour City Council, Mayor Denise Knight said she was aware of the legacy of the late Clive Joass.

"I didn't have the opportunity to serve on Council with Clive," Cr Knight said.

"But he was a passionate advocate for sport in general and for Woolgoolga and the northern beaches in particular.

"So it's very fitting that we honour his memory with this dedication."

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