Thursday, May 30, 2024

$8.2m full court upgrade for Coffs sports complex

A $8.28 million multi-faceted upgrade of Coffs Harbour’s Sportz Central complex has been officially opened today.

City of Coffs Harbour Mayor, Paul Amos says the new additions were a game-changer for the facility and position the popular regional sports hub in the fast lane for growth and success.

The project was jointly funded by Council and the Commonwealth and NSW Governments.

Headline builds include a new fully compliant basketball court, two refurbished courts, and new female change rooms and amenities, skate park and cricket nets. 

The redevelopment includes additional parking, improved pedestrian access, solar power and safety lighting. 

“Sportz Central’s debut is a real win for Coffs Harbour,” said Federal Duty Senator for Cowper, Tim Ayres. 

“This top-tier facility is all about bringing the community together and stepping up our game. It’s about giving locals the best shot at success.” 

Senator Ayres and Mayor Amos presented at the official opening of the upgrade today, along with Council Business Services Director, Steve Bayliss. 

“The City-owned Sportz Central complex complements our indoor courts at Wiigulga. Together, the West Coffs and Woolgoolga facilities can meet local demand and capture regional and State-significant events,” Mr Bayliss said. 

“The indoor Sportz Central facilities cater to a wide range of activities including various ball sports and roller derby – it’s a busy and valued community hub.” 

Mayor Amos said the Sportz Central Upgrade would play a significant role in Coffs Harbour’s ability to host major sports – from NRL and Big Bash fixtures through to international golf and surfing events. 

“We have the location, the connectivity and the facilities to set the bar high and we’ve already become a home-away-from-home venue of choice for outfits like the Cronulla Sharks and the Sydney Sixers,” he said. 

Project funding consisted of a $6.3m Federal Government grant through the Department of Health Female Facilities and Water Safety Stream Program, a $1.1m NSW government grant through the Multi-Sport Community Facility Fund and $880,000 from Council.

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