Community Concerns Grow Over Tuffins Lane

Community Concerns Grow Over Tuffins Lane

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams is urging Port Macquarie-Hastings Council to re-enter into negotiations with the owner of the Tuffins Lane sports ground to guarantee that facility remains open for local sports.

“Our area has thousands of people participating in sport who rely on Tuffins Lane and the thought that we could lose this critical playing field will have an overwhelmingly negative impact.

“Over the past few weeks I have spoken with representatives of local sporting organisations whose view is that Council has not done enough to secure Tuffins Lane.

“We are one of the fastest growing regional communities so we should be securing Tuffins Lane as well as investing in current and additional sporting facilities for the future.

“The message I am getting from the community is two things, one - that Council’s current plan is simply wrong and two - there was no consultation with Tuffins Lane stakeholders.

“Consultation with the various sporting codes is critical to the decisions being made about current and future sports facilities.

“For years this site has been the home to a significant number of sports and sporting events including the State Touch Championships and to lose any of them would be detrimental for our community.

“If State Touch was to relocate to another regional centre the Hastings economy would lose around $25 million a year.

“I have been talking with stakeholders to consider what options may be available to save Tuffins Lane and I would welcome Port Macquarie-Hastings Council exploring every opportunity including negotiating with the current owner,” Mrs Williams said.

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