Woopi centre multi purpose

WOOLGOOLGA has gained approval in principal for the southern portion of Centennial Reserve to be allocated as a combined youth, indoor sports and community centre.

The proposed site adjoins Hastings Street.

Coffs Harbour City councillors voted for the move at Thursday’s council meeting, during which the councillors were addressed on the need for the centre by Alastair Milroy, a member of the Northern Beaches Multi Purpose Community Facility Committee.

Woolgoolga and the Northern Beaches include a high percentage of young residents under 17 and the small youth facility near the swimming pool has recently closed.

The proposed 2500sq.m facility is expected to cost $5-$6 million and include two basketball courts which could be used for other indoor sports and activities such as cricket, soccer, netball, volleyball, badminton, gymnastics, concerts, functions and cultural events.

The proposed centre would have a retractable stage, a commercial kitchen, cafe, amenities, changing rooms meeting and breakout rooms, a dedicated youth pod, storerooms, reception area and offices and car parking.

In answer to questions from councillors Coffs Harbour mayor Keith Rhoades said there were no costings on the proposal as yet.

The allocation of land will allow members of committee to prepare concept plans and begin fundraising and applying for grants from both Federal and State governments. As part of the move to allocate the land, councillors also endorsed assisting the Northern Beaches Multi Purpose Community Facility Committee to prepare draft concept plans; support fundraising; endorse grant applications and directly lobby State and Federal governments to secure funds.



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