Council has given the green light to further investigate the development of a new Library and Gallery facility for the City.
At 980m2, including back offices and storage, the current Harry Bailey Memorial Library is 40% of the floorspace of 2,500m2 which is recommended by the State Library of NSW for a facility to support a community of Coffs Harbour’s size. The Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery is also amongst the smallest regional galleries in NSW.
The site recommended by the Library and Gallery Planning Advisory Group (LGPAG) for further investigation is the Council owned site at 23-31 Gordon Street. It was chosen for further investigation because of its prime CBD location. The proposed development would be designed to draw people into the CBD and support the City Centre Masterplan vision of creating a vibrant and reactivated City Centre.
“In their current location, both of these existing facilities already draw large numbers of people and are key players in the cultural life of the City of Coffs Harbour. But it is time to look to the future in terms of our cultural spaces and we now have the opportunity to develop a facility that matches the needs of our community,” said Mayor Denise Knight.
“This site offers a key civic precinct and urban renewal opportunity.”
The Council decision clears the way for further investigation of the library and gallery in addition to exploring other services and buildings to maximise the use of this important CBD site.
The next steps include finalising the scope of the project, costings, both capital and ongoing, and sources of funding which may be available.
Council will continue to consult with the community and stakeholders on this project. More information on how to get involved can be found on the Council website at www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/newlibrarygallery