Shellharbour Civic Centre is officially, but not actually, open

NSW Governor General David Hurley speaking at the official opening on Saturday. Picture: Shellharbour City Council.
NSW Governor General David Hurley speaking at the official opening on Saturday. Picture: Shellharbour City Council.

Shellharbour’s $60 million Civic Centre was declared open on the weekend, with NSW Governor David Hurley giving the controversial building the official nod.

However, it will not actually be open to the public until the new year – with the final stages of the project running several weeks behind schedule.

The centre – or “hub”, as it was once known – was due to be operational this month, however the public opening has now been pushed back to some time in January.

However, staff have stated moving in – with library employees now working from the new centre and remaining council staff to relocate from Lamerton House as their offices are ready.

At the official opening on Saturday, General Hurley handed over a plaque to the city of Shellharbour, which will be laid into the floor of the building’s foyer.

Council general manager Carey McIntyre praised staff involved in the project and said the Civic Centre had met its budget of $59.5 million.