Tom FitzGerald, from the Kyogle Historical Society, looks over the model of the proposed Kyogle Museum and Arts Centre.
Tom FitzGerald, from the Kyogle Historical Society, looks over the model of the proposed Kyogle Museum and Arts Centre. Jay Cronan

Museum plans take shape

FOR a man who has poured so much time and devotion into the project, it’s not surprising Tom FitzGerald is proud to show off an architect’s model of the proposed Kyogle Museum and Arts Centre.

Since 2008, Mr FitzGerald, chairman of the Kyogle Historical Museum and Arts Centre’s planning and development committee, has been working alongside other Kyogle residents to brainstorm, plan and lobby for a new cultural precinct.

Now a Brisbane-based architect hired to put their ideas into designs has produced a model of the ‘environmentally friendly’ centre.

Mr FitzGerald said the planned centre would include an art gallery, museum and an extension of the existing library.

“It will be a centre where young children can come and learn about the district’s history and older people can come to learn about technology in the library,” he said.

“We want to make a home for the history of Kyogle. It started with the historical society, as they are in a dilapidated building that is inadequate.

“Then we were looking at the art gallery, which has limited time left on its lease, so there will also be an art gallery and Aboriginal art and artefacts.

“The Kyogle Council has been kind enough to donate the land. We expect the development application to go before the council this month or next month.”

The proposed centre is designed to match the surrounding architecture of the library and council chambers in Stratheden Street, and to incorporate some eco-friendly aspects.

The model depicts an entrance and foyer leading into a large grassy area before the doors, which open into the main building.

“Environmental aspects have been included so the elements of air, open space and sun are there,” Mr FitzGerald said.

He said the project was being supported by Federal Member for Page Janelle Saffin, who they hope can attract Federal funding for the centre.

“We are hoping construct-ion will start in the next 12 months,” FitzGerald he said.



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