26 November 2015 Funding Approved for Study into New Library and Gallery

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26 November 2015 Funding Approved for Study into New Library and Gallery

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.


“It 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.” 


The 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 engagement processes.


The 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.