A major milestone for Coffs Harbour today with the official opening of the Stage 1 upgrades to C.ex Coffs International Stadium.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack joined Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight and Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker for historic event.
According to the Deputy Prime Minister, the major redevelopment is an important investment in the economic future of Coffs Harbour.
“The overall project, which will support 62 jobs during construction and create 41 ongoing roles, will generate a range of new revenue opportunities, boosting economic activity in the region,” said Mr McCormack.
Cr Knight said that this important upgrade will ensure C.ex Coffs International Stadium remains the absolute go-to regional venue for an enormous range of premier sporting events.
“We’re confident that it will help us build on our existing events and attract new ones. This will increase the number of people coming to the region overall – which will further boost the local economy. But just as importantly, it will also provide even better facilities for the huge numbers of school events and local sports groups who use the stadium all year round,” she added.
$6.56 million each from the Australian Government and the Council made the major redevelopment possible with Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker saying that it will generate long-term economic and social benefits for the city.
“This project is a great example of what can be achieved when different levels of government work together, pool resources, and provide maximum benefit to communities,” he said.
The Stage 1 opening included the new North and South Grandstands, themed to reflect both the coastal and hinterland beauty of the Coffs Coast, as well as the Hub building offering a co-located office for local sports administrators and Stadium event organisers.