Lions roar: Funds for fountain refurbishment handed over
SATURDAY 11AM: THIS morning a group of local Lions converged to hand over a $67,000 cheque to Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell to see the dream of the Lions Fountain being refurbished one step closer to fruition.
Lismore City Lions Club wrote about the moment on their Facebook page:
"This morning our club, and other Lions members from Lismore, were pleased to see a monumental moment for the Lions Fountain outside Lismore City Hall as 201Q1 District Governor Peter Oliver handed over the cheque for $67,000 to Lismore City Council for the refurbishment of the fountain.
"What a wonderful moment to see come to fruition - we can't wait to see the Fountain back in all its glory again!"
FRIDAY 5.30AM: LIONS International will tomorrow hand over a $67,000 cheque to Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell for the refurbishment of the Lions fountain outside Lismore City Hall.
The fountain was built in 1967 to recognise Lismore as the birthplace of Lions Australia.
The Lions money was originally going to be used to fund a public artwork to replace the fountain, but this proposal was met with strong community opposition last year.
It was instead decided to return the fountain to its former glory and create a slightly altered version of the public artwork, designed by local artist Scott Harrower.
"The community told us in no uncertain terms that it did not want to lose the fountain - and both the Lions and Council have listened to that plea," Cr Dowell said.
"We believe the compromise is a wonderful outcome, with Lismore retaining a popular landmark and gaining a beautiful artwork that tells the inspiring story of Lions and all the good work they have done in our local community and throughout Australia."
Lions Past District Governor John Lynch said the money raised was donated by all Lions clubs in Australia.
"We must thank all the Lions groups across Australia that helped raise these funds, as well as the Lions Steering Committee, which has worked tirelessly to resolve this issue in a way that is beneficial to the community, to Lions and to Council," he said.
"We're ecstatic with the outcome we have achieved, which retains a historic Lions monument and provides a permanent artwork celebrating the foundation of Lions in Australia."