$2.9m dream of gallery museum
KYOGLE is another step closer to seeing a new $2.9 million gallery mus-eum, but one councillor admits getting the funding may not be easy.
Kyogle Council at its monthly meeting today will discuss the progress of the proposed gallery museum and vote on arecommendation to seek funding from the State and Federal governments to develop the project.
Councillor Lindsay Passfield said almost all of the costs for the project would have to be sourced from outside the council.
“Given the currentfinances of council, and our priorities for roads and things, I don’t think council is in a position to fund the entire project,” he said.
“I am really excited about the prospect, though. We have a fewpeople in our community that were around when the sawmilling industry was in its heyday, but that era is now gone.
“These people have had the initiative and time to provide a heritage value to go forward with.
“I feel very strongly we have to support this exciting initiative.”
The gallery museum would be constructed adjacent to the library in Stratheden Street.
It would contain items of historical significance and profile local and foreign artists.
“We will make it a heritage precinct with the library,” Cr Passfield said.
“There would be a strong focus on the industries that were in our area, from the sleeper-getters for the railways, dairy farming, and sawmilling, as well as the beef industry and our Aboriginal history.”
The council allocated $5000 for a conceptualdesign plan in March and since then architect Bud Brannigan has been consulting with stakeholders about the design.
Due to confidentiality, the council cannot reveal the design plan, but Cr Passfield said there were a few options.