Shellharbour Civic Centre makes a splash at open day

Fountain fun: The interactive public art at the Shellharbour Civic Centre forecourt proved popular in Saturday's heat. Picture: Bernie Fischer.
Fountain fun: The interactive public art at the Shellharbour Civic Centre forecourt proved popular in Saturday's heat. Picture: Bernie Fischer.

Shellharbour council flung open the doors to its new Civic Centre and city headquarters on the weekend, allowing residents of all ages to explore the $60 million complex.

Many of the younger citizens took the chance to enjoy the hot weather and public art in the building’s forecourt, playing in the water fountains and man-made creek bed.

Also on offer was a host of kids activities, including robotics demonstrations, drone flying, story time and public art workshops.

Curious older residents were also given a sneak peek in to the council building’s third floor, with tours through the mayor’s and general manager’s quarters.

Mayor Marianne Saliba said the day was designed to give residents a sense of ownership over the building.

“It’s important for people to know that this community facility is theirs to enjoy,” she said.

“I also wanted to ensure that people had the opportunity to have a look inside the administration building.

“They’ll be able to look into both mine and the General Manager’s offices as well as get an overall idea of the layout of the building where council staff work.”

The day also included rides, food stalls, entertainment and an Aboriginal smoking ceremony.