News from the mayor's desk this week.
News from the mayor's desk this week. TREVOR VEALE

We want to hear your opinions

EARLIER this year, we said we wanted to start a conversation with you, the community, on new cultural facilities for the city.

What we're asking is whether we want a purpose-built performance centre, a new main library or a new regional art gallery?

And most importantly, how much are we all willing to pay for these facilities?

Everyone knows that I am a long-time supporter of a purpose-built performance centre in Coffs Harbour.

But - as a councillor and Mayor - I'm more than aware that such a centre does not come cheap and requires us all to dig deep.

So it's only right that, if we're going to look at building any of these new facilities, the first step must be to see if they're wanted and how willing the community is to help foot the bill for the construction and ongoing operating costs.

So we've now launched a survey asking you - the people of Coffs Harbour - to please tell us what you think.

The survey can be found at coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/cultural-facilities and is open until November 10.

Make sure you have your voice heard.

EMSLA

On a similar cultural note, did you know you can already see all the entries for this year's Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (EMSLA)?

The Gallery volunteers have done a wonderful job of creating a Pinterest site with every single selected work so you can have a sneak preview.

Just go to pinterest.com/coffsgallery/emsla-2014 to take a look. It's well worth a visit!

CoastOut

I just have to say well done once again to all the organisers, performers and participants in this year's CoastOut Festival.

It was another triumph and another fabulous way to bring loads of new visitors to our beautiful part of the world.

AFL Returns

And, once again showing that the Coffs Coast can always cater for both culture and sport, I was thrilled to hear that the C.ex Coffs International Stadium has been chosen to host the 2015 NAB Challenge pre-season clash between the Sydney Swans and Brisbane Lions. And FOX SPORTS will be broadcasting it live!

One of the main reasons they chose Coffs was the great relationship they have with the community here and the fantastic facilities.

As well as the QBE Sydney Swans Coffs Harbour Academy, the club has brought pre-season training and community camps to Coffs - and will now return with another NAB Challenge match.

I love Coffs. It's a community that welcomes everyone.

Breast Awareness Month

Last month was Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer remains one of the most common cancers among Australian women. Please remind all the women in your life to be breast aware and check for any signs of symptoms.

Go to the Cancer Australia website for symptom information.

Sad News

It was with sadness that I learnt of the tragic death this week of Clarence Valley Councillor Jeremy Challacombe and his wife Sue.

My thoughts and sympathies are with their family, friends and colleagues.



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