LIONS BIRTHPLACE: Lismore City Lions Club members and supporters at the memorial fountain outside the Lismore City Hall.
LIONS BIRTHPLACE: Lismore City Lions Club members and supporters at the memorial fountain outside the Lismore City Hall. Ross Kendall

Lions hold roaring rally to save their fountain

THE Lismore City Lions Club hosted a free barbecue yesterday in the hope of saving the Lions commemorative fountain from destruction.

The group is trying to generate as much support as they can before the deadline for public submissions this Wednesday, club president Nancy Casson said.

"I want to go in to council with at least 500 signed letters demanding the fountain be saved," she said.

Yesterday's barbecue was well attended and Ms Casson expected to meet the petition target.

The fountain outside Lismore City Hall commemorates the formation of the first Lions club in Australia.

"The council should be advertising the site, and proud of the fact that Lismore is the Australia birthplace of Lions clubs," she said. "It should be maintained as a tourist attraction, not removed. It should be restored to its former glory."

In 1997 the fountain underwent a full restoration funded by members of Lion clubs all over Australia and Papua New Guinea.

"There is still money available to give it a makeover. The fountain was gifted to council so they should be responsible for maintaining it," she said. "In two years time, 2017, it will be the 70th anniversary of Lion clubs in Australia, and ideally the fountain will be in top condition by then."

The fountain has been out of operation since the Lismore City Hall underwent restoration in 2012.

"We thought they were going to restore the fountain, as well," she said. "But is hasn't worked ever since."

Lismore council has put on public exhibition a proposal to replace the Lions fountain with a public artwork that would continue to "honour" Lismore as the birthplace of Lions Australia.

The proposal was developed with the help of the Lismore Lions Club.

A final decision on the fate of the fountain is not expected before November.



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