Cricket World Cup proposal
WORLD Cup cricket could be coming to Coffs Harbour in 2015, if renowned Australian cricket and charity organisation Taverners has its way.
The organisation will be having a sportsman's lunch next weekend and will look to build support for its proposal.
Country cricket legend Stan Gilchrist, who is chairman of the Northern NSW arm of Taverners and father of Australian cricket great Adam Gilchrist, believes with the support of the local region a World Cup match could become a reality.
"There have already been meetings with Coffs Council Sports Unit and BCU International Stadium members, who are both very excited at the possibilities," Gilchrist said.
"Whether it is Australia taking on England or Kenya playing Canada, a game at the stadium would be a massive coup for the region."
While dreams of bringing the world's best wielders of the willow to our shores might be a while off yet, Taverners will look to continue its community work with the money raised from next Saturday's soirée.
To be held at the Deep Sea Fishing Club, Lord Taverners will have former Australian opening bowler and Vietnam veteran Tony Dell as guest speaker.
Gilchrist believes it will be a great night, with Dell's humorous and inspirational stories to set the tone for the event.
"Tony Dell is an incredible speaker and an all-round great bloke," Gilchrist said.
"I encourage people to see Tony speak, because he has a truly incredible message.
"All the money raised will go back into local organisations that help disadvantaged young people."
Tickets for the Lord Taverners Sportsman's Lunch are $50.
Those interested can contact Paul Amos on 0407 703 920 for more information.