Nationals Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker announced today that Coffs Harbour City Council’s $13.4 million C.ex Coffs International Stadium upgrade project will become a reality, winning over $6.5 million from the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.
“This is phenomenal news for the region and I am delighted to be a part of an upgrade project like this that has the potential to have such a significant economic impact,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“Benefits of this funding include almost 2,000 additional seats which will increase the total seating capacity to 2900, 162 extra carparks increasing the parking capacity to more than 500 carparks, and refurbishment of the existing grandstand.
“It also includes the addition of more hospitality and catering services, amenities, and public transport infrastructure which are needed when you increase the seating capacity of a stadium.
These additional facilities include:
• Two Change Rooms
• Two Coaches Boxes
• Four Media Boxes
• 16 Female and 14 Male Toilets
• Two Unisex Accessible Toilets
• Two Bars and Two Kiosks
• Two Player Dugouts
• Rain Water Harvesting and Solar Energy
• Six Event Rooms
• Six Roof Mounted Camera Points
“We’ve fought long and hard for this project and it’s so great to see it delivered,” Mr Hartsuyker added.
“This project will create 62 jobs in construction and 41 ongoing jobs in the area, which is an added benefit of having a high quality sporting arena in our backyard.
“Improved facilities bring more and higher profile events to our region which fills rooms in local hotels and motels throughout the year.
“This increase in tourism dollars flowing into Coffs Harbour and the surrounding areas will have a flow-on effect into other areas of our local economy.
“The Building Better Regions Fund received more than 500 applications and ours was one of about 100 which were approved.
“I congratulate Coffs Harbour City Council on their success and look forward to working with them to deliver benefits to our community.”
Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said she created the Building Better Regions Fund to help build strong communities for decades to come.
“I aim to help build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and projects like this one do exactly that,” Minister Nash said.
Minister Nash said she expected to open another round of BBRF before the end of the year.
Minister Nash will announce the successful applicants for funding under the BBRF’s Community Investments Stream – for projects designed to support a range of local capability-building activities – in the coming months.
More information about the Building Better Regions Fund is available at: www.business.gov.au/bbrf.