Have You Seen The New Coffs Harbour Cultural and Civic Space?

Coffs Harbour is a beautiful coastal resort known for its stunning beaches, parks, wildlife and chilled vibes. And now, to make it even better, Coffs Harbour City Council has opened its $82 million new cultural and civic space named Yarrila Place.

“Yarrila” in Gumbaynggirr means “illuminate / brighten / light up / illustrate.” What a great name for something that combines art, people, technology and culture in one place, a fantastic addition to the already vibrant community of Coffs Harbour.

Taking the natural environment into consideration, the new Coffs Harbour civic space has been shaped by a giant fig tree in the rear laneway and is visible from various vantage points around the building. This sense of the natural is captured throughout Yarrila Place, with the entire design anchored by the landscape. It’s a nod to the beauty of Coffs Harbour and a beautiful meeting place for everyone to enjoy.

Yarrila Place stands out with its unique glazed ceramic exterior, proudly making a statement of presence and optimism. It’s a gathering spot that celebrates the rich cultural diversity of Coffs Harbour, including its indigenous and migrant communities. With its vibrant colours, distinctive shapes, and prominent location, Yarrila Place is intentionally crafted to be visible, welcoming, and unforgettable.

The new space includes:

  • A café
  • Community meeting and collaborative spaces
  • A versatile multi-function area
  • A museum and art gallery that celebrates local stories and creativity
  • A community library that is split over three levels with areas for kids and young adults, local history, and a private study
  • Open public areas, including an open-air rooftop garden
  • Council administration facilities are consolidated within one building, encompassing customer service, council chambers, and administrative offices.

This new space not only looks great, but it’s a fantastic addition to the history and culture of Coffs Harbour and will be there for generations to come. It will evolve over time and will be a wonderful talking point for everyone in the area as well as for any visitors coming to Coffs Harbour. It’s a great addition to such a beautiful place and very welcomed by the community. In the years ahead, this space is destined to be more than just a building; it will be a living symbol of Coffs Harbour’s ongoing narrative.

“This is a facility that will be here for generations. It will be a place of learning, it will be a place of lifting up culture and local artists, but it also will be a meeting place,” said Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.



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