Cultural centre taking shape
CASINO’S new art deco-inspired community and cultural centre is taking shape, with works on track for the $3 million building to open in early May next year.
Richmond Valley Council manager of planning and development, Angela Jones, said when the two-storey building was completed, as many as 50 tradesmen would have contributed to its construction.
“It will be a multi-functional space serving all our community groups,” Ms Jones said.
It is expected the Casino Neighbourhood Centre would be the ‘anchor tenant’, occupying about half of the first floor.
The centre’s design allows it to operate as seven individual meeting rooms, or, with the removal of concertina walls, as one large space, which could be used for public meetings or art exhibitions, Ms Jones said.
A number of community groups are expected to relocate to the building – the Baby Health Centre, the Senior Citizens Centre and the Neighbourhood Centre – when it is ready. The council received a Federal Government grant – a 2007 election promise by the Member for Page Janelle Saffin – to pay for the project.
The original plans for the building were scaled back so it would come in on budget.
Lismore company Bennett Constructions won the tender to construct the centre.
The construction site is one of the town’s largest recent building projects.
It is the second major work conducted by the council in the past 12 months, following a $2.5 million CBD upgrade completed in July.
The CBD works were paid for with a Federal Government grant of $2 million, with the council contributing the remainder.
The council is holding a series of meetings to ascertain which groups are interested in using the building and for what purposes.
The next meeting will be held on Monday, October 25, at 2pm at the Richmond Valley Council Chambers in Graham Place, Casino.