A development application has been lodged to convert the old courthouse and police station into the city's new museum.
A development application has been lodged to convert the old courthouse and police station into the city's new museum.

Planning underway for museum

PLANNING is under way to convert one of Coffs Harbour's historic buildings into the new Coffs Harbour Regional Museum.

Almost two years since the Coffs Harbour City Council purchased the old Coffs Harbour police station and courthouse on Harbour Dr for $800,000, a development application has been lodged to establish the museum.

The council's Executive Manager of Community Services Jenni Eakins said the application proposes a redevelopment of the heritage-listed building.

"The development application proposes internal renovation works to allow the building to function as an exhibit space," Ms Eakins said.

"The advertised development application is open to community comment and I must say there are a lot of people in the community anxious to see the museum open."

Since floods decimated the former Coffs Harbour Regional Museum in 2009, all museum artefacts have been placed in storage.

"It is hoped by council that the refurbishment works will be completed before the end of the calendar year.

"There is also the need to ensure the building once transformed into a museum meets the current building standards."

When the council initially purchased the property in late 2010, it was expected the museum would be operational inside the 200sq m building within a year.

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