ITALIAN PAVILION TEAM: John Barnes, president NIMI, Jasper Stewart-Lane, volunteer, Peter Blackwood, secretary NIMI, Sophie Adams, SCU student intern, Ellen Barnes, NIMI committee member.
ITALIAN PAVILION TEAM: John Barnes, president NIMI, Jasper Stewart-Lane, volunteer, Peter Blackwood, secretary NIMI, Sophie Adams, SCU student intern, Ellen Barnes, NIMI committee member. Leonie Lane

Fresh, Italian flavour

THE New Italy Museum Complex Committee are pushing hard to have a revamped pavilion finished in time for the annual New Italy Carnevale next weekend.

Preparing for this year's Carnevale, the committee was taken aback when they found that the pavilion, which holds the stories of the Italian history in the region, was infested with termites, committee member, Leonie Lane said.

The pavilion, built in the late 1980s and early 1990s by one of the descendants, late artist Floriano Volpato, was running into a "bit of disrepair" after 20 years of use, Ms Lane said.

Once they made the discovery, the committee, community helpers, work placement students from Southern Cross University (where Ms Lane is a design lecturer), and an assortment of people began helping to dismantle the pavilion, find the termites, and then put it all back together again, with some new pieces and a slightly newer design - rushing to get it all done in time for the Carnevale.

"The termites have been a blessing in disguise, but they've also put us back," Ms Lane said.

"It looks so much better though - it's now a cleaner, tidier and easier to maintain place."

All the hard work that had gone into repairing the pavilion, she said, showed the wonderful type of people they have in their midst.

"New Italy Museum Complex is run by a committee of very devoted volunteers - some big-hearted people," she said.

Now they have just got to put their knuckles to the grind and hope that everything is perfect for next weekend.

The day of celebrating All things Italian commences at 10am next Saturday with Mass by Father Slack.



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