All Welcome to the Official Opening of Yarrila Place

The City of Coffs Harbour invites its residents and visitors to celebrate the official opening of Yarrila Place – a world-class building housing a state-of-the-art Museum, Art Gallery, Library and the City’s delivery of community and essential services –  on Saturday, 16 September 2023.

The striking landmark building – designed by lead architect Matthew Blair from award-winning architects BVN, who was born and raised in Coffs Harbour, is delivered by Lipman Pty Ltd on budget – where the total adopted budget for the building is $81.3m.

A key focus of the design was to connect the building with Gumbaynggirr country and showcase local Aboriginal culture and artists.

“Ever since Yarrila Place was approved, it has been our mission to make sure it delivered as much value for the community as possible, and I’m confident the team has done that.” said City of Coffs Harbour Mayor Paul Amos.

“Yarrila Place will deliver new opportunities for the Coffs region for years to come and we now need to ensure that this investment in the future of our LGA lives up to its potential.”

“Yarrila Place can and must be a hub for lifelong learning, a beacon for arts and a place where creativity, commerce and community initiatives can thrive for years to come.”

Yarrila Place houses the City’s state-of-the-art Museum, Library and Art Gallery. The Museum and Gallery – collectively known as Yarrila Arts and Museum (YAM) – will attract national quality exhibitions, workshops and events to Coffs Harbour. Each will be able to offer experiences usually only available in capital cities. The new cultural facilities embrace people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds in a safe, inclusive public space.

Very importantly, the building also houses a digital studio, make space, young adult library with a large deck, and meeting and study rooms available to all.

The new building also centralises the provision of community and essential services, as well as includes the City of Coffs Harbour’s customer service points and Council Chamber.

“It will bring our city to life,” said City of Coffs Harbour General Manager, Natalia Cowley. “Well-designed cultural facilities such as libraries, museums and art galleries contribute to regional growth by increasing the attractiveness and liveability of an area, as well as supporting business investment in the surrounding areas. Encouraging lifelong learning also supports economic growth by creating more job opportunities for our youth.

“When cultural and civic facilities are placed together in a city’s central location, they not only activate each other, they breathe life into the whole area.

“Yarrila Place makes a breathtaking statement on City of Coffs Harbour’s growing role as a leading regional city and tourism destination.”

Further details about the official opening of Yarrila Place will be released closer to the date – but be sure to mark this date in your calendars.