North Coast Football, Northern Storm Football Club and Northern NSW Football are opposed to plans by Coffs Harbour City Council to collocate the proposed Regional Athletics Centre with football at York Street Oval, Park Beach.
Coffs Harbour City Council this week held a workshop for the local and visiting sports community on the location of the Regional Athletics Centre. The participants’ overwhelming view was that the Regional Athletics Centre should be at South Coffs Harbour (Bruce Barnier Oval).
Local football and athletics believe the Regional Athletics Centre should be at South Coffs Harbour (Bruce Barnier Oval). Council officers are proposing the centre be at York Street. This is vehemently opposed by local football and local athletics.
Football is the current anchor tenant of York Street, and athletics are the anchor tenant of the proposed Regional Athletics Centre.
- Development of the Moonee Sports Complex should be accelerated by a decade and provide for a permanent home for Northern Storm Football Club.
- The Regional Athletics Centre should be built at Bruce Barnier Oval, South Coffs Harbour, as a part of the NSW Government identified Regional Sports Hub for community and elite
- York Street Oval and Korora Field should become general-purpose public sport and recreation space after relocating Northern Storm Football Club to Moonee Sports Complex.
The workshop was attended by the Mayor and Councillors Townley, Rhodes and Ceccato. Also in attendance were all of the major local sports with a stake in the issue.
Of the 15 stakeholders invited to speak – three were uncommitted or could work with either, three supported York Street (two of whom in previous written submissions said they could work with the South Coffs Harbour option), and nine supported South Coffs Harbour.
The opening remarks to the workshop by North Coast Football General Manager Andrew Woodward, Northern Storm FC President, Michael Lloyd, and Nicola Johnstone from local athletics are available for download: Link.