Council may bid on RSL Club premises
By DARREN COYNE
JOAN ESTREICH began playing bingo at the Lismore RSL Club in 1950 'when they first started letting women in'.
The club was a great place to meet friends and have fun, but since it closed a few months ago there's been no more bingo, and the site's future remains uncertain.
However, there's a glimmer of hope on the horizon.
Mrs Estreich is excited at a staff report suggesting the Lismore City Council buy the site and turn it into a community centre.
As vice-president of the Lismore Senior Citizens' Club, Mrs Estreich yesterday said it would be an ideal place for the club to relocate.
"It's out of flood...and although the old club has got everything we need and want, it's nearly past its use-bydate," she said.
The Senior Citizens are not the only group interested.
Already the concept has the backing of Federal Page MP Ian Causley, Mayor Merv King and a number of other Lismore groups.
Currently held by a National Australia Bank administrator, the site is expected to be auctioned in March.
Cr King said the council was [OQ]certainly interested', saying the opportunity was one not to be missed and that council would consider a report by its special projects group at Tuesday's meeting.
That report lists priorities as youth facilities, senior citizens, Lismore Neighbourhood Centre and Lismore City Council staff relocation.
Other groups which could utilise the site include the Northern Rivers Social Devel- opment Council, North Coast Community Connections, Community Legal Centre and Shared Vision.
Meanwhile, council's special projects manager, Lindsay Walker, has recommended that 'from a long term strategic perspective' the council should purchase the site.