THE LAST TOAST: Roy and Elizabeth McDonnell have one last beer after learning the Lismore RSL Club will be closing.
THE LAST TOAST: Roy and Elizabeth McDonnell have one last beer after learning the Lismore RSL Club will be closing.

RSL Club may be turned into a community centre

By SAMANTHA TURNBULL

THE impending closure of the Lismore RSL Club has given rise to renewed calls for the historic building to be turned into a community centre.

Federal Member for Page Ian Causley said the Market Street site could be given a new lease of life as a refurbished hub for Lismore's community organisations.

"It is a site which has ample car parking, an auditorium, and many function rooms ? perfect for a community centre," he said.

"The Lismore City Council has approached me about the building and the idea of turning it into a community centre.

"I'm open to exploring the possibility of financial support for that idea from the Government."

Lismore mayor Merv King was in Sydney yesterday and unavailable for comment.

State Member for Lismore Thomas George said he agreed the building should be put to a new use.

Mr George also called for the safe transfer of military memorabilia to the Goonellabah RSL Sports Club.

"Any items of historical significance must be protected," he said.

"The RSL name will continue to live on in Goonellabah."



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