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Top Four Project Myths
Myth:

It has been stated clearly since 2017 that the project includes Council offices following economic assessment of: 

  1. Short and long term cost to refurbish existing offices across two sites; and 

  2. The community benefit of centrally located and easily accessible offices.

Council staff are currently spread across two sites – Rigby House and the Castle Street Customer Service Centre. Being located in the one precinct will benefit the community, who will have a single point of access to all Council services. It will also allow all council staff to work in closer to the CBD in a modern and functional workplace.

Fact:

The Council did not tell the community that Council offices would be included in the building. 

Myth:

Coffs Harbour City Council has successfully managed projects significantly larger than the Cultural and Civic Space Project - such as the $180 million Regional Water Supply Scheme and $250 million Sewerage Strategy. This will be no different.

Coffs Harbour City Council will need to borrow approximately $46.02 million. Financial modelling shows the Council is in a strong financial position to borrow this amount and it will have only a short-term impact with Council expected to return to an operating surplus by 2022/23

This is only two years later than if the project was not undertaken. 

Fact:

The Council does not know how to manage a project of this magnitude. 

Myth:

The current Library, Museum and Gallery are all too small to be able to provide an acceptable level of service for Coffs Harbour’s growing community or to reach their potential as key cultural assets. 

At 980m2, including back offices and storage, the current Harry Bailey Memorial Library is only 40% of the size recommended by the State Library of NSW for a city with Coffs Harbour’s population. 

Coffs Harbour City Council will need to borrow approximately  $46.02 million. Financial modelling shows the Council is in a strong financial position to borrow this amount and it will have only a short-term impact with Council expected to return to an operating surplus by 2022/23. This is only two years later than if the project was not undertaken.

Fact:

The Council is taking on an enormous amount of debt to build something the community doesn't need. 

Myth:

The Council has undertaken two periods of consultation on various stages of this precincts proposed development: 

  1. January to March 2018 - on three concepts

  2. May 2019 - on preliminary schematic design

Click on the consultation periods to go to the downloads page where you can see the reports from these consultation periods. 

Fact:

The Council has not given the community an opportunity to comment on this project.