Former RSL club soldiers on as community centre
By NERIDA BLOK
PASTOR Peter Miller and members of his Lismore Revival Fellowship are breathing new life into the former Lismore RSL Club.
The Pentecostal Church group outbid the Lismore City Council for the Market Street building after the RSL club went into re- ceivership in April this year.
Renovations costing more than $500,000 are transforming the club, to be known as the Market Street Community Centre. Opening is scheduled for February.
Pastor Miller said members had been holding weekly working bees since settlement in July.
"It's the biggest indoor blitz in Lismore's history," he said. "Most of it is cosmetic. New car- pets, paintwork, polishing floors, exterior cladding and roof work."
The renovations have been funded from a trust set up by church members.
Pastor Miller said plans for the centre's 4500 square metres include a church meeting area in the main auditorium, an 80-place early childhood service in the former bistro and space for other community group activities upstairs, where the original Lismore hospital was based.
The former bowlers' lounge area had been leased for a gymnasium and the existing 25-metre heated indoor pool was to be refurbished.
Pastor Miller said the club was purchased in part to seize 'the opportunity to get down town and to raise our profile', but also to accommodate a growing membership base.
About 90 members from Lismore, Ocean Shores, Evans Head and Ballina met in their 'near capacity' premises on Rous Road, Goonellabah.