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$10 MILLION TO KICK-START COFFS HARBOUR AIRPORT ENTERPRISE PARK

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Airport Enterprise Park

The first sod has been turned to mark the start of construction of the Coffs Harbour Airport Enterprise Park today after the Coalition Government delivered $10 million for the project.

Federal Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan said the multi-use enterprise park, owned by Coffs Harbour City Council, would encourage businesses to relocate to Coffs over the long-term and provide opportunities for existing enterprises to expand and prosper.

“Investing $10 million in this great enterprise precinct will see its roads, drainage and services built so that business tenants can take up a position in the 98-lot development,” Mr Conaghan said.
“This new enterprise park, along with other major improvements our Federal and State Governments are delivering such as the Coffs bypass, will help to set up our city for the future.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack, who visited Coffs Harbour today, said the funding was another example of the Nationals in Government delivering for regional communities.

“This investment will create jobs throughout the North Coast during the construction of roads, drainage, water, sewer, electricity supply and telecommunications services, landscaping, street lighting and earthworks at the 43-hectare site,” Mr McCormack said.

Coffs Harbour City Council provided initial funds towards the $25 million project after the Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel approved the Enterprise Park’s Development Application in July 2017.

Coffs Harbour Mayor Councillor Denise Knight said the Enterprise Park will boost the local economy and establish another sustainable economic asset for the community. “With the ink now dry on the Grant Funding Agreement, this is an exciting time for the city. The new Enterprise Park is targeted at bringing new businesses, new opportunities, new families and new jobs into the region,” Ms Knight said.

The Federal Government’s Regional Growth Fund has so far provided 17 grants of $10 million or more to councils and organisations throughout Australia for transformational projects that support economic growth.

This project will construct the full 98 leased lot development on 43 hectares of vacant land strategically located next to the busy Coffs Harbour Airport. For more information on the Regional Growth Fund visit the website.

Coffs Again Placed Alongside World’s Top Cities

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For the fourth year in a row Coffs Harbour has won the globally-acclaimed International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) World Festival and Event City Award.

The award means that Coffs Harbour has been ranked equally alongside cities such as Moscow, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Sydney and Philadelphia for the quality and variety of its annual events.

“Attracting visitors to the region through the events and festivals we host is a primary goal of Coffs Harbour City Council. Annually, we see many millions of dollars pumped directly into our local economy from the hundreds of thousands of visitors who come to the city and region for such events,” said Daniel Heather, Council’s Section Leader Stadium and Major Events. “The city is now seen right across Australia as the go-to regional destination for major national and international events. Winning the IFEA Award for four years in succession is going to further cement our reputation globally, which means that the real winner will be the community.”

The work of Coffs Harbour’s community in encouraging the success and growth of festivals and events was a key reason why an international panel of experts selected the city for the award.

“The IFEA is pleased to recognise and highlight those cities and markets that have worked, through concerted efforts, to provide an environment conducive to successful festivals and events,” said IFEA President Steven Wood Schmader, CFEE, during the award presentations in San Diego, California. “The quality of all the entries paints a bright picture for our industry and those cities recognised with this award are helping to build a strong foundation and example that we hope all cities, globally, will work to emulate.”

Growing events is a prime focus of the Coffs Harbour Event Strategy 2020. It is one of the reasons that Council is committed to upgrading facilities such as the C.ex Coffs International Stadium and the Cultural and Civic Space.

But equally important is supporting home-grown events. To help enthusiastic locals create successful festivals and events, last year Council launched the www.coffscoastevents.com.au website which has already helped launch new events like the Blues and Berries Fair.

Among the sporting and cultural events that helped Coffs Harbour win this most recent award were:

  • Kennard’s Hire Rally Australia – WRC World Rally Championship
  • Screenwave International Film Festival
  • Harmony Festival
  • Coffs Coast Food Festivals (including Woolgoolga Curryfest, Sawtell Chillifest, Taste Woolgoolga)
  • Midnight Oil concert
  • Women’s Ashes Cricket Series
  • Coffs Harbour International Buskers and Comedy Festival