Technical Tours

This year's Conference will include three technical tours

Technical Tour 1.

C.ex Coffs International Stadium & Precinct - Not all stadiums are equal. How to build a venue fit for community through to elite.


In September 2019, Coffs Harbour's C.ex Coffs International Stadium unveiled the remodelled original grandstand and upgraded facilities ahead of schedule. The impressive two-year build, that was shaped to allow regular major events to continue during construction.

Since completion, the Stadium and Sport Precinct have hosted not one, but two Elton John concerts, a sold out Big Bash League cricket match, plus National Touch League and Oztag Senior State Championship and several other major events.

The Stadium team will guide you through the upgraded facilities and share information about their approach to completing a project of this size successfully. You will see:

  • Two new grandstands complete with state of the art changing rooms, media and official spaces.
  • The Hub building for stadium management and home of four sport tenants
  • Improvements to the 25-year-old original grandstand and concourse level, including corporate hospitality and media spaces.
  • New carpark and landscaped entrance
  • The world-class playing surface inside the Stadium.

Sports tourism has an estimated economic benefit locally of more than $30 million annually to the Coffs Harbour economy, and the upgraded Stadium now has the capacity to support and attract even larger events. While the project collaborators were of international standing - the Stadium feels distinctly local, with design that reflects the region's proud sporting, cultural and Indigenous heritage.

In addition to the above, delegates will also get a sneak peek into $12.5m Regional Sports Hub Project.

Technical Tour 2.

Orara East State Forest - working together across nature and culture


This tour showcases how multiple organisations have worked closely together to create a unique, combined-use space, with a focus on eco and indigenous tourism.

Orara East State Forest stakeholders include: the NSW Forestry Corporation, Indigenous social enterprise group Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Aboriginal Corporation, and commercial operator TreeTops.

Highlights of the area include:

  • The award-winning Sealy Lookout and Forest Sky Pier (projecting 21.6 metres from the lookout and 310 metres above Coffs Harbour)
  • Gumgali Track and Korora Lookout (interpretive signage, sculpture, artworks, soundbar with both English and Gumbaynggirr language - all telling the story of Gumgali, the Black Goanna)
  • TreeTops Adventure Park (ecotourism accredited zip-line and ropes challenge course with plans for 'crazy rider' expansion)
  • Ecotourism accredited Bruxner Park Flora Reserve (several walking tracks)
  • Nyanggan Gapi Café and award-winning Giingan Gumbaynggirr Cultural Experience (monthly)

New public facilities include an all-access picnic shelter, improved parking facilities (including for coaches), toilets, picnic tables and new walking tracks.

Learn how these organisations have overcome challenges, identified opportunities and formed strong working relationships to create an exceptional offering for tourists and locals.

Technical Tour 3.

Coffs Jetty Foreshore Upgrade and Redevelopment - the jewel in the crown


One of the most recognisable areas of Coffs Harbour, the Jetty foreshores and Marina precincts provides a sense of community connection, place and destination. The area incorporates parklands, a variety of businesses, Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve (NSW National Parks), the Coffs Harbour Fishermen's Coop, historic jetty, International Marina and beautiful beaches.

The Jetty4Shores project was the result of a long period of vigorous community consultation that began in 2013. Construction of Stages 2-4 began in April 2017 with the goal of completion before the busy summer season. The Australian Government contributed half the $9.2m cost through its National Stronger Regions Fund.

Transforming the popular waterfront are and making the foreshore accessible to all visitors and members of the community was a key focus of the project, adding to its attractiveness as a place to relax, socialise and enjoy fun times.

On this tour, you will be able to see the construction that took place as part of the project:

  • An open plaza area with facilities for regular markets and stages for events
  • Wide terraced steps and a pram/wheelchair ramp for direct access to the beach
  • A boardwalk along and behind the dunes and vegetation, linking the plaza to the historic Jetty and market area
  • An amenities block extended and upgraded to provide a Changing Place facility for people with severe disabilities.

Hear from those involved in the design and activation of the area, including the new mobility beach mat as part of the Inclusive Beach Access project. Tour the facilities and enjoy a walk to Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve for spectacular views and Indigenous storytelling.

Who's speaking?

The conference will feature an impressive line-up of expert speakers.

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Key Dates

Call for abstracts Now closed
Early bird registrations
Close 16 April 2021
Program launched
Standard Registrations 17 April 2021

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