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Calls for Coffs Coast to host international cricket



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Luke Hartsuyker MP Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Federal Member for Cowper

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November 12, 2015

Calls for Coffs Coast to host International Cricket

Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker has asked Cricket Australia to consider Coffs Harbour as a venue for future cricket Test matches, in light of media reports that Hobart is in danger of losing future games.

A story ran in The Hobart Mercury this week about the prospect of Tasmania losing hosting rights for future Test matches due to a lack of attendance from the Tasmanian public.

“Coffs Harbour has a track record of hosting highly successful international and national sporting events which draw huge crowds,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“The cricket facilities in Coffs Harbour are absolutely first-class and the lights at bcu International Stadium have been upgraded to digital broadcast standard which creates a real opportunity for Cricket Australia to schedule a day-night Test.”

Mr Hartsuyker wrote to Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland this week asking him to consider Coffs Harbour as a venue of choice for future Test matches, given its facilities, transport access and a wealth of sports enthusiasts.

“We are a sports-mad community which supports every world-class event we host, including the Australian leg of the FIA World Rally Championship, the Touch Football World Cup and the NSW State of Origin and Wallabies training camps.

“The turnout is always phenomenal because we really appreciate and support any sporting event we have the honour of hosting here. If Cricket Australia were to bring a Test match to Coffs Harbour, I’ve no doubt Coffs Coast residents would throw their support behind the game,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

Just this year, the Australian leg of the FIA World Rally Championship held on the Coffs Coast managed to draw a record crowd of almost 55,000 people.

“We have so many transport options, with daily flights from Sydney with Qantas, Virgin and Tiger and five flights each week direct to Melbourne and more than enough quality accommodation for the thousands of sports’ tourists who would be drawn to the Coffs Coast for any Test or international cricket fixture,” Mr Hartsuyker said.