No answers on failure to fix Conservatorium woes



THE Department of Education has few ready answers regarding the disintegration of the Lismore's historic Conservatorium complex.

A section of the heritage-listed building had to be shored-up this week while over $250,000 allocated to its repair remains largely unspent.

Although the money was allocated to repair the Conservatorium 18 months ago, the tendering process for a contractor to carry out the repairs remains incomplete.

A spokesperson for the department, which owns the site, said he was not aware of any hold ups in the tendering process.

"The department was well aware of the condition of the building and has been monitoring it since the money was allocated," he said.

"Action was taken by the department in the form of stabilisation works. It's not as if we were sitting on our hand and watching the place fall over."

He said the building got 'significantly worse, significantly quickly'.

"Clearly the deterioration of the substance (of the building) overtook the process."

The department is currently analysing an engineer's report on the state of the building before it makes any decisions about its future.

Lismore mayor Merv King said the building was in such a state of disrepair, the council had to abide by decisions based on the engineers report.

"We are very interested bystanders but ultimately it is a decision for the owners of the building," Cr King said.



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