Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

New Grandstands for Coffs Coast's EPIC Stadium Upgrade

Media Release

JM057/2018

29 March 2018

Joint release with:

Luke Hartsuyker

Federal Member for Cowper

Denise Knight

Mayor of Coffs Harbour City Council

  • Sod turned on Stage 2 of Coffs Harbour's EPIC Stadium project
  • Construction includes two new grandstands and venue-wide improvements
  • The Australian Government invested $6,560,000 in the project.

Sports fans on New South Wales' North Coast will welcome the start of works on two new grandstands at C.ex Coffs International Stadium as part of the second stage of the stadium's ‘EPIC’ redevelopment project.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the project was an investment in the economic future of Coffs Harbour.

“This project will deliver substantial benefits to the regional community, creating over 60 jobs during construction as well as over 40 ongoing roles,” Dr McVeigh said.

“This is a major upgrade to a much-loved stadium and will attract a range of new sporting events which will bring in even more economic activity to the region.”

Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said Stage 2 would construct a pair of new grandstands at the north and south end of the stadium, each capable of seating up to 950 spectators.

“Each grandstand will feature tiered seating, public toilets and change rooms for the players as well as a kiosk, bar as well as media and broadcast facilities,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“The project will also deliver accessible lifts and ramps, reverse-cycle air conditioning, the addition of at least 20 LED screens, a second scoreboard, an improved PA system and even Wi-Fi.”

Mayor for Coffs Harbour City Council Denise Knight said it was thrilling to turn the first sod of the new grandstands in partnership with the Australian Government, which is co-funding the upgrade.

“Together we are investing into the future of not only C.ex Coffs International Stadium, and the many sports and events that utilise it, but also into the ongoing visitor economy of the Coffs Coast,” Cr Knight said.

“The Stadium and sports tourism already generate over $30 million into the Coffs Harbour economy, and these much needed upgrades will only help that number grow.”

This project was funded by the Australian Government $6.56 million, Coffs Harbour City Council $6.56 million, C.ex Memorial and Sporting Club Ltd $300,000, Infracraft Detailed Joinery Pty Ltd $10,000 and Key Employment Association Ltd $10,000.