Coffs Harbour City Council recently adopted the Community & Cultural Facilities Plan 2021 – 2031 written by Hawkridge Entertainment Services. The Plan aims to adopt a strategic approach to the future development of community & cultural infrastructure in the Coffs Harbour LGA. Facilities analysed in this Plan include buildings owned or managed by Council such as art galleries, community halls or centres, libraries, museums and theatres. The Plan also analysed other community-based facilities identified as a cultural or a community resource.
Community and Cultural Facilities
Community and cultural facilities provide a space for groups to interact, promoting social cohesion, community connections, participation and a sense of belonging. Additionally, they are essential to the health and wellbeing of communities with suitable spaces needed to deliver services, programs and activities to meet social, cultural and recreational needs. Demand for a diverse and adaptable range of community and cultural facilities in the Coffs Harbour LGA is growing. Population increases and the expanding needs of ageing, socially and culturally diverse communities drive these needs.
The vision and purpose of the Plan is to guide Council’s role in the provision and facilitation of a network of diverse community and cultural facilities, which seek to encourage accessible, multi-purpose and co-located community uses. This aims to support the health, wellbeing and connectedness of the community into the future.
Priority Infrastructure Projects
The Draft Plan outlines the priority projects that respond to community need and population growth. It also identifies opportunities to help develop a range of other spaces for community, cultural and creative uses. The key priority projects over the next 10 years include:
- expansion of the Jetty Memorial Theatre (multi-purpose and rehearsal space);
- a Cultural Collections facility;
- a Moonee Community Hub;
- a Coffs Harbour Entertainment Venue;
- the Ayrshire Park community meeting space;
- expansion of the Branch Library network; and
- a Youth Services and Recreation Hub feasibility project.
A resolution of Council and the Creative Coffs – Cultural Strategic Plan 2017-2022 outlined this project and the associated studies.
A press release from the local area news is available here.