Cultural showcase for CBD
By NERIDA BLOK
Draft plan is ready for public display
DR ANDREW BINNS believes the creation of Lismore's Cultural Precinct will re-position the city.
And with the final draft of a development control plan for the project approved by Lismore City Council on Tuesday, Dr Binns said excitement was building.
"Lismore is a very cultural place already," he said.
"I think what this will do will enable us to showcase our cultural enterprise to the world."
Under the plan going on public display this week, the old Lismore High School site in Magellan Street and the adjoining Harold Fredericks car park are to be redeveloped into a major arts and cultural precinct. The project was first conceptualised in 2001 at an estimated total cost of $70 million.
Phase one was completed in July, 2003, with the former Lismore Library in Carrington Street moved to Magellan Street.
Future phases will include the construction of a regional art gallery with an historical museum, inner-city apartments, retail and commercial buildings and multistorey car parking.
As a member of the project's advisory committee, Dr Binns acknowledged the many players involved, including Lindsay Walker and Wendy Adriaans from council.
"It has taken a lot of work and consultation with professional groups and the community to get to this point," he said.
Mr Walker, Lismore City Council executive director development and governance, said the site represented more than 30 per cent of the current CBD area.
"It has the potential to totally redefine Lismore CBD area as a whole," he said.
"Until it has passed through this exhibition period and adopted by council, it would be inappropriate to pursue funding." No completion date has been set.