About

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About the Civic Centre

The Civic Centre provides a central place for the Shellharbour community to gather, learn, communicate, celebrate and interact. As we move toward the future, it will become the heart of Shellharbour City.

The building is based on a 'wave' concept, incorporating a curved roof on the exterior. The interior enjoys maximum natural light and open spaces to deliver comfort and a welcoming space.

The Civic Centre was completed in January 2018 and features:

  • A 350-seat auditorium for functions, conferences and other events with views over the landscaped area at the rear of the centre
  • A 2000m2 civic square at the front of the building, including green space and a water feature - a place for people to meet and relax and caters for community events including concerts and market stalls
  • Large community lobby can be opened up onto the Civic Square in good weather for inside/outside feel
  • Meeting rooms for use by community groups, government and non-government agencies and visiting professionals to provide services to the Shellharbour community
  • A 2000m2 City library with over 40 000 books and 50 programs running per month
  • The new City Museum featuring changing exhibitions, artefacts, photographs, oral histories, maps, lithographs and historic documents to discover 
  • Council’s administration centre, customer service and Council Chambers
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This 5 Star Green Star rated building was opened in January 2018

Environmental Features

The design of the building ensured it met the highest environmental standards, including a 5-star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia.

The building is designed to reflect the coastal and escarpment setting of the city, including a wave-like roof spanning the majority of the building's form. The design allows for flexibility, with energy-efficient air conditioning for the hottest and coldest times of the year, and natural heating and cooling for the months in between.

The building’s many environmental initiatives decrease running costs, and help reduce Council’s ecological footprint.

Accessibility

The Civic Centre is an accessible building and includes designated accessible parking spaces, elevator access, accessible toilets and hearing loop.

For more information or to discuss specific access requirements, please contact us.

History

In the late 1970s Council developed a vision to create a commercial centre for the city with the support of the NSW Department of Planning. An Interim Development Order was put in place and Council planned and developed a city centre area almost 70 hectares in size. In 1993 Council adopted its plan for the City Centre.

Extensive community consultation in 2010 identified that the area lacked a "City Heart" - a place for people to meet, socialise, access services, exercise cultural and recreational pursuits and a place that people identify as the centre of Shellharbour City. The civic centre is intended to fulfil those needs.

Facilities

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Library

The City Library combines 2000m2 of floor space with a collection of 40,000 items and offers a range of programs for everyone from babies and children to adults
Phone
(02) 4221 6222
Mon-Thurs
9:30am-8:00pm
Friday
9:30am-5:00pm
Saturday
9:00am-3:00pm
Sunday
12:00pm-3:00pm
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Museum

Shellharbour City Museum is Shellharbour’s local history museum showcasing stories, past and present
Phone
(02) 4221 6222
Mon-Thurs
9:30am-8:00pm
Friday
9:30am-5:00pm
Saturday
9:00am-3:00pm
Sunday
12:00pm-3:00pm
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Council

The concierge desk and customer service area provides services to Shellharbour customers and community members
Hours
Mon-Fri: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Phone
(02) 4221 6111

Cafe Coming Soon

Our fantastic Cafe is due to open in 2019
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