Another step has been made towards the proposed
expansion and co-location of the Harry Bailey Memorial Library and Coffs
Harbour Regional Gallery. The project has been put forward to help cater for changing
trends in the delivery of library and gallery services and to meet the needs of
a growing city.
At its meeting on November 26 2015, Council resolved
to allocate funding to carry out detailed research and concept planning for the
proposed the facility. The new centre would act as a hub for the public to
access a wide variety of services and programs, and include interactive digital
displays and other engaging experiences for visitors.
“This is an exciting opportunity to work with all
the relevant stakeholders and the community to develop a flexible, digitally-enabled,
learning and creative space that acts to connect our community,” said Sian
Nivison, Group Leader Community and Cultural Services.
is envisaged that the space would provide a safe and welcoming place for the
community and visitors to learn, create and explore while enriching the
cultural and social fabric of our City.”
need for expanded facilities, for both the central library and the Regional
Gallery, has been identified as a high priority in a number of community
location of the proposed facility has yet to be determined. A site would be sought
within the CBD to provide easy access and support the creation of a City Centre
in which economic, social and cultural pursuits come
together to enrich and enliven all who
live, work and visit this space.
A report is scheduled to be brought
back to Council in mid-2016.