Art's new dimension

JERAMIE Carter said he had wanted the sign for the new Cavanbah Centre to be three-dimensional public art, rather than simply a meeting place sign.

The artist's design won the $1500 prize offered by Coffs Harbour City Council, which was presented at the opening ceremony for the new Cavanbah Centre on Tuesday.

Jeramie used sandblasted and oxidised steel for the silhouettes of big shady trees on the wall, the universal symbol of a place to gather.

He said he had the most fun with the black obelisk-like hardwood shapes under the trees, which represent a gathering of men, women and children of all shapes and sizes.

Jeramie said ever since reading the Asterix books as a kid, he had wanted to make obelisk shapes.

Designer and regional Aboriginal cultural development officer Alison Page also received recognition from the council for her designs for the Centre's blinds, which represent the city's various communities on the coast and along the Orara River.

Invited guests at the afternoon opening by the mayor, which followed a welcome to country and a smoking ceremony, enjoyed performances by choir 23 On a Good Night, the Julie Ross Dancers, singer and guitarist Jackson Davey and a Punjabi dance group performing the Punjabi national dance, the Bhangra.

Management of the multi-purpose Cavanbah Centre, which cost just over $1.8 million, will be overseen by the adjacent Community Village.

Extra car parking spaces have been created between the two for the use of both. The Centre includes a 260-square-metre hall which holds 220 people, a smaller function room, flexible annexe space, a large kitchen and breakout decks.

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