Cultural and Civic Space Will Develop Skills for the Future

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In the latest of our ‘reveals’ of the interior designs of the Cultural and Civic Space, Coffs Harbour City Council is now sharing some of the architect’s sketches of the Digital Creative Studio and Makerspace to show more of the spaces and facilities that will be on offer.

Coffs Harbour Mayor Councillor Denise Knight said that this will be a place where our community can hone their creative skills and develop new ones.

“Creativity is one of the key skills needed for our community to thrive well into the future,” she said.  “This has guided our thinking on the design as much as wanting to reflect the beautiful Coffs Harbour natural environment throughout the building.”

Digital Creative Studio

Whether you want to record a song, make a video or a podcast, the Digital Creative Studio plans to feature a wide range of recording equipment and software ideal for creative minds keen to experiment, or undertake creative projects.

You’ll be able to explore graphic design, audio and video editing, web and app development, game design, animation and programming.  There are plans for a recording booth, a green screen and a suite of workstations with a range of professional and open source software.

“It will be a place to create and share our local stories and supports the community by providing more accessible resources and technology,” added Cr Knight.


In addition to the Digital Creative Studio, there will be a Makerspace. Makerspaces vary in type and size, they are essentially workshop areas where people can come together to create, collaborate and play. It’s a space designed for hands-on experiences for people of all ages.

The Makerspace may include technologies such as a 3D printer, 3D scanner, or electronic circuitry that encourage educational play and collaboration in the spirit of lifelong learning.

Council’s Group Leader Cultural and Community Services Sian Nivison said the Makerspace in our new building will have a STEAM focus (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).

“Visitors to this space can expect to participate in activities such as coding, robotics, building simple circuits and motors and lots more,” she said.

“With the right amount of imagination and innovation, we hope this space will become a resource for the entire community We could host visits from local school groups, or even host ‘repair workshops’, where Coffs community ‘knowledge-holders’ can teach others how to fix their broken objects.”




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