Tuffins Lane sports fields on council agenda

Looking to the future: Port Macquarie-Hastings Council has received 18 months’ notice to vacate the leased sports fields at Tuffins Lane.

Looking to the future: Port Macquarie-Hastings Council has received 18 months’ notice to vacate the leased sports fields at Tuffins Lane.

THE incoming council will be faced with the issues raised by the uncertain future of Tuffins Lane sports fields.

It comes after Port Macquarie-Hastings Council received 18 months’ notice to vacate the leased sports fields at Tuffins Lane.

Council general manager Craig Swift-McNair said the council is preparing all relevant information relating to the Tuffins Lane sporting fields so staff can brief the new councillors once the election is finalised.

September 10 was local government election day.

Peter Besseling has been re-elected as mayor but vote counting continued over the weekend for the eight councillor positions.

Port Macquarie Oz Tag Association president Greg Smith said the council needed to move quickly on the issue.

He said there was no reason staff could not consult with user groups and they could then brief the new councillors with that information.

Mr Smith said if that was not possible, the matter should be at the top of the councillors’ agenda.

The council has leased the Tuffins Lane site for years.

The 18 months’ notice to vacate extends to early March 2018.

The precinct is home to the Hastings River Junior District Cricket Association, along with Port Macquarie touch football, oz tag as well as two local football clubs.

Mr Swift-McNair last week said the notice period allowed the council to fulfil its existing contractual obligations to NSW Touch for both the Junior and Senior State Touch Cup events, and allowed time to secure an alternate site.

Grave concerns exist within sports groups.

The council says it committed to ensuring the future availability of appropriate sporting facilities. The Recreation Action Plan is a road map for meeting sport and recreation needs.

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