Joint statement – North Coast Football – Northern Storm FC
Football is committed to the accelerated development of the Moonee Sports Complex as the long-term home for the sport on the northern beaches of Coffs Harbour.
Of all sports in the area, football has the greatest potential to grow in the years ahead. That growth will only occur with the right facilities in the right places.
Moonee is the right place for a complex that can accommodate football and other community field sports. Development of the Moonee site would free up York St and Korora Ovals for possible community green spaces or the further growth of other sports.
The northern beaches are the fastest growing area of the Coffs Coast, with many young families moving to the area. There is currently no sporting complex of any sort between Korora and Woolgoolga to service this community.
York Street and Korora Ovals have both been neglected for expenditure over the last few years due to uncertainty over the Regional Athletic Centre’s location. There must be considerable investment in both sites in the short term to bring them up to an acceptable standard. This expenditure would not be required should football move to the Moonee site.
We want to offer sport to people of all ages close to their home as to provide fun, physical activity and a greater sense of community. We need that this decade and not the next.
Football will be pursuing both the federal and state governments and oppositions, Council and candidates for expedited funding commitments for the Moonee. Northern Storm FC will remain at York Street and Korora Ovals for the time being and continue to advocate for its sole tenancy of both sites during the winter sports season until it moves to Moonee.
It remains football’s hope that all three levels of government come together and ensure that:
- Moonee Sports Complex is built by 2025.
- The Regional Athletics Centre is built in the south Coffs Harbour regional sports hub, as the state government designated location for elite sports, as a matter of priority.
- Alternative arrangements are made for any impacted local and visiting sports.
- York Street and Korora Ovals return to general-purpose community open space, or potential sites for other growth sports, following Northern Storm’s relocation to Moonee.
Football will work with Council in the coming months on its review of sites for the Regional Athletics Centre to ensure that its interests and those of the broader sports community are incorporated into the recommendation put to the next Council.
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