Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said NSW Government funding of $1.1 million is helping deliver a significant upgrade at the popular Sportz Centre sports facility.
Mr Singh congratulated Coffs Harbour City Council on its successful application under the Multi-Sport Community Facility Fund which will help bring this exciting community project to fruition.
“This funding is fantastic news for our city because it will provide even more opportunities for people to play sport and be active,” Mr Singh said.
“The Council’s Sportz Central upgrade and expansion project will provide more modern, inclusive and accessible facilities for the enjoyment of all.”
Coffs Harbour City Council Mayor Councillor Paul Amos said the funding news for Sportz Central puts another feather in our sporting infrastructure cap.
“Sportz Central is Coffs Harbour’s only major indoor sporting and entertainment facility in the city area,” Cr Amos said.
“The multi-purpose nature of the facility provides so many opportunities for our kids and their love of sport all year round.
“Council is extremely pleased with this result as we can now deliver a new basketball indoor court, upgraded skate park and cricket nets for the community.”
The $7.4m project also includes female-friendly amenities, improved natural lighting, refurbishments, improved building and sub-floor ventilation, solar power and repainting the building exterior.
The $1.1m in NSW Government funds announced today for the upgrade are in addition to the previously announced $6.3m in Federal funding.
Federal Nationals Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan welcomed the additional funding, which will ensure this important project came to fruition.
“The original $6.3 million of Federal funding was allocated by the Coalition Government back in 2019, and it’s been a tricky process over the last few years with COVID-19 and other factors affecting progress, so to see this additional funding secured and the project on track to be delivered for the people of Coffs Harbour is wonderful news,” Mr Conaghan said.
“The Coffs Coast will now have a world-class basketball facility on top of the newly completed netball courts at Vost Park and the recent improvements to the C.ex Stadium. The region’s credentials as a haven for State and National sporting competitions are expanding and I can’t wait to see the knock-on effect not just for local sporting groups but also our local businesses.
“Continual collaboration between all levels of Government has once again delivered for our region.”