Why do we need to undertake Community (and Cultural) Facility Planning?

    The objective of this project is to shape recommendations for the future provision of community and cultural facilities to meet the needs of the community now and in the future.

    The proposed plan, if adopted, will guide the strategic direction for Council investment and priorities in a similar way as the sister document the Sports Facility Plan.

    Will the community have an opportunity to participate and provide feedback?

    Yes.  There will be opportunities to provide input and feedback on the broad Community Facility Planning process and associated projects (Performing Arts Space Issues and Options and City Hill Site Analysis) between December 2019 and March 2020.

    If you wish to discuss particular needs for community facilities or planning please contact Council's project officer via creativecoffs@chcc.nsw.gov.au to discuss further. 

    What about options for a Performing Arts Centre?


    A key part of the overall Community (includes Cultural ) Facility Planning project is to review recommendations from the Stage 2a) Performing Arts Space project.  

    An Issues and Options Paper will consider indoor and outdoor infrastructure needs for performing arts and events.  Redevelopment or expansion opportunities and existing usage and future demand of venues will be considered.  A link to the related project can be found on the right hand side of the Have Your Say screen (or below if you are on a mobile device).

    To assist and advise Council with Stage 2a) Performing Arts project and the broader Community (and Cultural) Facility Plan development, Hawkridge Entertainment Services, a specialist consultant in entertainment, arts and venues, has been engaged. 

    What is being considered for City Hill?

    In 2017, Council has resolved to commit to allocate $75,000 to undertake studies, concept designs, and preliminary budgets associated with the cultural development at City Hill. 

    As part of this City Hill Scoping Project, a Site Analysis has been prepared by town planning and urban design consultant specialists, Locale Consulting. 

    The Site Analysis considers land use requirements in line with current legislation and best practice for future development of the City Hill site.

    The Site Analysis was on Public Exhibition for comment and feedback from 18th December 2019 - 3 March 2020. The link to this related project page can be found on the right hand side of the Have Your Say screen (or below if you are on a mobile device).

    Is this project linked to the Cultural and Civic Space?

    The Community and Cultural Facility Planning project will review and plan for Council owned or managed community facilities across the whole Local Government Area.  This includes areas such as community halls, youth centres, indoor/outdoor event and performance spaces across the Local Government Area. 

    This is a separate project to the Cultural and Civic space project.

    The Cultural and Civic Space will be a central hub for residents and visitors in Coffs Harbour. The development will house larger and improved cultural facilities including the library, gallery and museum.

    This welcoming and multipurpose space will also include Council offices and chambers, as well as co-working and event spaces for community hire and use.

    Who is working on the project?

    Council’s Community & Cultural Services team are leading the overarching facility planning project and the related projects (City Hill Scoping and Performing Arts Space) as part of the delivery of Creative Coffs - Cultural Strategic Plan 2017-2022 and Council resolution.  

    Hawkridge Entertainment services, a venues specialist consultancy has been engaged to undertake a review of community and cultural facilities, including a specialised focus on indoor/ outdoor venues and performance spaces. Locale Consulting has been engaged to undertake a Site Analysis as part of the City Hill Scoping Project.