Con looks to RSL for hope

By ZOE SATHERLEY

THE NORTHERN Rivers Conservatorium Arts Centre is investigating the possibility of moving into the old Lismore RSL Club.

The Con is looking for a new home following the announcement that part of its Keen Street building is to be demolished.

They have been told they must move out by the first week of February, leaving 500 students and 60 teachers without a base.

Lismore City Council on Thursday served a demolition notice on the State Government, giving it 30 days to begin demolition work.

The heritage-listed building, owned by the NSW Department of Education and Training (DET), has deteriorated so badly that it is in danger of collapse said LCC general manager, Paul O'Sullivan.

NSW Deputy Premier and Education Minister Andrew Refshauge's staff have refused to comment on the debacle that has seen one of Lismore's most iconic buildings so seriously neglected that the rear section of the main building can no longer be saved.

They referred all inquiries to Carol Carrigan, DET's North Coast regional director.

Ms Carrigan said she sympathised with the Con's plight and has requested that school education director, Greg Cloak, personally get involved. "I have asked Mr Cloak to see if there are any possible alternative venues that the Con could use during the de- molition work," she said.



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