Culture and art at top of agenda at council
A NEW library, art gallery and performing arts centre are on this week's agenda for Coffs Harbour City councillors.
The councillors will vote tonight to approve funding for detailed planning of a library and art gallery on a city centre site.
They will also vote on funding for a feasibility study for a performing arts centre as well as a cultural strategic plan for 2017-2022.
It is expected the library and art gallery will be located together, especially as management of the two facilities and the museum is being merged as part of the council's Transformation to Sustainability project.
The three main CBD sites being considered are Castle St, incorporating the existing council chambers; the City Square car park in Park Avenue; and the Gordon St site, where the council owns buildings.
Meanwhile a consultants' report into a proposed Centre of Excellence for Sport at Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park has poured cold water on the idea and recommended the council focus on forming a coherent strategy to best use existing and future facilities.
Instead of a centre of excellence, the consultants have advised the council to develop relationships with other parties; treat the redevelopment and extension of C.ex Inter- national Stadium as a priority; focus planning towards a sports village; and examine establishing a modern cricket and administrative facility.