Lismore councillors vote unanimously to save Lions fountain
LISMORE City Council has unanimously voted to preserve the Lismore Lions Fountain at its meeting last night.
The fountain was built in 1967 with funding from Lions clubs across Australia to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the first Lions club in Australia in Lismore.
However, it fell into disrepair in recent years and was all set to be demolished in favour of a new Lions-themed art work to celebrate the upcoming centenary of Lions in Australia in 2017.
With last night's vote, however, Lismore will get both the fountain restored and the new art work.
The planned new project is six concrete pedestals inlaid with mosaics telling the story of Lions in Australia, a work conceived by local artist Scott Harrower.
Funds for the restoration of the fountain will be covered by previous fundraising efforts by Lions originally intended to be for the centenary celebrations.
The council has also committed to putting the monument on its assets register, which will require it to fund ongoing maintenance.