Council to seek government support for stadium

Upgrades worth $13.44m.

Council to seek government support for stadium

Coffs Harbour City Council will push the federal government to pay for half the costs of upgrading C.EX International stadium.

Following last night's meeting, our local government has revealed they'll look to secure funding of $6.72m under the Building Better Regions Fund.

The upgrades will reportedly involve demolishing aging infrastructure, constructing new public amenities and pathways, and relocating the playground.

Mayor Denise Knight said events hosted by the stadium generate around $19 million for the Coffs Coast's economy each year.

“C.ex Coffs International Stadium already enjoys a reputation as one of the best regional venues in the country. Every year it hosts top tier elite sport events, while also still catering to community activities such as school carnivals and local sports finals,” Ms Knight said.

"But with no significant investment in the grandstand, or the facilities for players, spectators, media and officials, corporate hospitality options, parking and refreshments areas for more than 20 years, we have to look at ways for the Stadium to maintain its ranking as a top regional and national venue into the future.”

Council also approved an allocation of $600,000 towards the cost of moving Marine Rescue Woolgoolga’s operations to Arrawarra Headland at last night's meeting.

The commitment is part of an overall strategy of upgrading the town's Surf Lifesaving Club, which currently shares Woolgoolga Beach Reserve with Marine Rescue.