Sports facility planning on Council agenda
COFFS Harbour sports enthusiasts will have the whole summer to mull over Coffs Harbour City Council's review of the city's Sports Facility Plan.
Tonight's council meeting, the last for 2015, contains a recommendation to put the draft plan for sports facilities on public exhibition for 10 weeks, from December until February.
The current plan is now five years old and the staff report to councillors notes that the majority of the recommendations for improvements and new facilities are unfunded.
At its last meeting the councillors voted not to proceed with a suggested new "centre of excellence" building for elite sports at the Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park.
Instead, as recommended in the recent feasibility study by consultants Sport Business Resources, the council will concentrate on better use of existing and future facilities through better planning and will treat the redevelopment and extension of C.ex Coffs International Stadium grandstand as a priority as part of its regional partnership approach.
Also high on the council's sporting to-do list will be an "investigation of a sports village and looking at the possibility of establishing a modern cricket and administrative facility", likely to be an indoor training centre with nets, offices and possibly accommodation.
The review of all local sports facilities comes as the council received confirmation this week of a $485,000 Federal grant for a car park, bus and taxi stand beside the C.ex International Stadium in Hogbin Dr.