Museum moving to a new home
AS A first step towards moving to its permanent new home in Harbour Dr, the Regional Museum's collections will be moved from storage into the old Salvation Army building in Gordon Street on Monday.
"This is another step closer to having the new Regional Museum up and running," Coffs Harbour Mayor, Cr Denise Knight, said.
"I'm really looking forward to the day when we can officially open the Museum to the public in its new home in the Old Courthouse on Harbour Drive. What could be more appropriate than having a Museum in one of Coffs Harbour's oldest and most significant buildings?
"The site is also ideally located on the main route between the city centre, the Jetty retail and café strip and the Foreshores - a perfect stopping-off point for visitors and locals travelling between these key locations in our city.
"I am absolutely confident that, once fully operating, the new Museum will become one of Coffs Harbour's most popular attractions."
The new Museum is scheduled for opening in October.
Council's executive manager of community and cultural development, Jenni Eakins, said the development application has been approved and tenders for firms interested in carrying out the planned renovations will be called for next month.
"Although we anticipate the work itself will take 16 to 20 weeks, we've factored in some extra time to ensure that when the new Regional Museum officially opens, we've had time to test the way it functions so we know we're providing the best facility we can," Ms Eakins said.
Forced out of their old home by the 2009 floods, the Museum's volunteers and staff have been kept busy running popular 'pop-up' exhibitions in the CBD and the Bunker Cartoon Gallery to give the public the opportunity to continue to see some of the city's extensive and significant historic collections.
At the same time, they have been able to carry out much-needed conservation, research and recording of the collections while they have been in temporary storage.
This work will now continue at the Gordon Street site.