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:
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.
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.
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.