Another sporting win for the Coffs Coast

Media Release

FN154/2017

18 September 2017

Joint release with:

Denise Knight

Mayor Coffs Harbour City Council

Luke Hartsuyker

Federal Member for Cowper

  • Transport hub redevelopment at Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park complete
  • New transport infrastructure will help the venue host more major events
  • Coalition Government invested $485,834

The new transport hub at the Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park was opened today in Coffs Harbour following a $971,668 upgrade to the centre's transport facilities.

Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said the venue now offers a transport terminus, including three taxi bays and four bus bays, an additional road lane and an accessible ramp.

“The new development will benefit school and sports groups who rely on the venue, which regularly caters for AFL, cricket, rugby union and league and athletics events,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“In the last 12-month period, events at the Stadium generated a total of 156,012 visitor nights, representing a direct economic benefit of $24.3m to the local economy, and we expect this to grow.”

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the investment in transport infrastructure will increase the number and type of events available to the community.

“The C.ex Coffs International Stadium has a reputation as one of regional Australia's finest sporting venues, and we've invested to make it even better,” Minister Nash said.

“I aim to build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to, and improving access to a sports and entertainment centre does just that.”

Mayor of Coffs Harbour Denise Knight said the C.ex Coffs International Stadium and Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park were important venues for both major events and the local sports community.

“Recent upgrades to the playing surface and the digital quality floodlighting will be complimented by a new bus and taxi terminus for the grounds,” Cr Knight said.

“This new facility will help Coffs Harbour continue to remain competitive as a first-choice event destination for a range of premier events such as the World Touch Titles and World Tag Championships.”

This project was jointly funded with the Federal Coalition Government investing $485,834 and the Coffs Harbour City Council contributing $485,834.