Gordon Abbott, Alastair Milroy, Rod McKelvey and Clive Joass look over the preliminary concept plans for new Woolgoolga and Northern Beaches Community Centre Photo Contributed
Gordon Abbott, Alastair Milroy, Rod McKelvey and Clive Joass look over the preliminary concept plans for new Woolgoolga and Northern Beaches Community Centre Photo Contributed Contributed

Woolgoolga's multi-purpose facility a step closer

A MULTI-PURPOSE indoor sport and cultural facility for the Northern Beaches came one step closer to reality this week.

ETC announced on Thursday it would donate $15,000 from the ETC Community Support Fund towards the development of architectural plans to allow the project to move forward.

Project Convenor Alastair Milroy said the Woolgoolga and Northern Beaches Chamber of Commerce and the Multi-Purpose Community Facilities sub-committee were absolutely delighted.

"Our community identified the need for a multi-purpose community centre back in 2009," Mr Milroy said.

"We've been working in partnership with Coffs Harbour City Council on this project and propose to build it on Council land at West Woolgoolga opposite the Woolgoolga High School."

Mr Milroy said the proposed centre would be utilised by youth and the elderly and would service the villages of Moonee Beach, Emerald Beach, Sandy Beach, Woolgoolga, Mullaway, Safety Beach, Corindi, Red Rock and Arrawarra.

"The centre will provide our local community with the opportunity to engage in sporting, community activities and performing arts, with daily usage rates estimated at 145 participants.

"It will also enhance community social well-being by providing a venue for activities and a solution to the existing limited and fragmented community facilities in Woolgoolga and the Northern Beaches."

Mr Milroy said the architectural plans would enable the sub-committee to approach the State and Federal Government for funding to build the facility.

ETC Chairman Rod McKelvey said they were pleased to be able to support the project through the ETC Community Support Fund.

"ETC is setting aside $200,000 per annum through the ETC Community Support Fund, which is designed to help organisations improve the social and economic development of local communities," Mr McKelvey said.

"ETC is proud to be a not-for-profit company and we are confident the money we are donating will help make a more positive future for our community.

"Since 1989, ETC has placed over 51,000 Australians into jobs, trained more than 23,000 people, helped over 34,000 small businesses to start-up and grow, and contributed in excess of $25 million to the local communities in which we operate."



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