Coffs Harbour Entertainment Venue (CHEV) Scoping Study

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The CHEV Scoping Study will provide Council with recommendations for a future indoor Coffs Harbour Entertainment Venue (CHEV) within the City Centre.

The Study will help Council determine what is possible regarding venue size, function, operation costs and location within the City Centre. This will also allow Council to provide the community with as much information as possible before asking for any further public comment.

The outcome of this Study will assist Council’s decision about proceeding to a full Functional and Technical Design Brief prior to commencing design and construction of this venue.

This page will provide the next steps about this project, participation opportunities and how to stay informed during various stages of the Scoping Study.

Issues and Options Paper for Performing Arts Spaces (Indoor and Outdoor) 2020

Entertainment and performing arts spaces in the Coffs Harbour area have been considered by Council and the community over many years, with different proposals and plans for various types of facilities in several locations.

We know that the community would like an additional indoor entertainment and performing arts space. The City Centre Masterplan 2031 identifies the City Centre area for entertainment and performing arts infrastructure.

The Issues and Options Paper for Performing Arts Space (Indoor and Outdoor) was adopted by Council on 10 September 2020. The Draft Paper was open for public exhibition period between December 2019 - February 2020.

This Paper provides an assessment of current performance and entertainment spaces in the LGA and includes information about venue requirements, including actions and opportunities to meet current and future demand.

The key finding within this Paper is that there is an established need, including strong stakeholder and community support to construct an Indoor Performing Arts Centre with a capacity between 600-1000 seats. This sized venue is considered viable to attract and accommodate a larger range of touring acts and performances, hold special local performances and provide reasonable economic returns.

The construction of a new indoor entertainment venue of this size requires further analysis, including a greater understanding of the operational costs to Council. At this Council Meeting, Councillors agreed to progress to work on a Study to scope the venue requirements, building footprint, determine the most suitable location within the City Centre and the operational and funding strategy.

The CHEV Scoping Study will provide Council with recommendations for a future indoor Coffs Harbour Entertainment Venue (CHEV) within the City Centre.

The Study will help Council determine what is possible regarding venue size, function, operation costs and location within the City Centre. This will also allow Council to provide the community with as much information as possible before asking for any further public comment.

The outcome of this Study will assist Council’s decision about proceeding to a full Functional and Technical Design Brief prior to commencing design and construction of this venue.

This page will provide the next steps about this project, participation opportunities and how to stay informed during various stages of the Scoping Study.

Issues and Options Paper for Performing Arts Spaces (Indoor and Outdoor) 2020

Entertainment and performing arts spaces in the Coffs Harbour area have been considered by Council and the community over many years, with different proposals and plans for various types of facilities in several locations.

We know that the community would like an additional indoor entertainment and performing arts space. The City Centre Masterplan 2031 identifies the City Centre area for entertainment and performing arts infrastructure.

The Issues and Options Paper for Performing Arts Space (Indoor and Outdoor) was adopted by Council on 10 September 2020. The Draft Paper was open for public exhibition period between December 2019 - February 2020.

This Paper provides an assessment of current performance and entertainment spaces in the LGA and includes information about venue requirements, including actions and opportunities to meet current and future demand.

The key finding within this Paper is that there is an established need, including strong stakeholder and community support to construct an Indoor Performing Arts Centre with a capacity between 600-1000 seats. This sized venue is considered viable to attract and accommodate a larger range of touring acts and performances, hold special local performances and provide reasonable economic returns.

The construction of a new indoor entertainment venue of this size requires further analysis, including a greater understanding of the operational costs to Council. At this Council Meeting, Councillors agreed to progress to work on a Study to scope the venue requirements, building footprint, determine the most suitable location within the City Centre and the operational and funding strategy.

  • Appointment of CHEV Scoping Study Project Team

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    16 Feb 2021

    Council has appointed a multi-disciplinary team made up of Hawkridge Entertainment Services, Woolgoolga-based Locale Consulting and internationally renowned architects Scott Carver, after a month-long tender process.

    This team has a strong track record of cultural infrastructure feasibility studies, as well as designing, building and managing live music and arts venues and know what makes a successful entertainment venue work.

    They have excellent networks with a range of producers, promoters, venue managers and more recently with the Coffs Harbour community on performing arts spaces and facility site studies.