For 60 years the existing Lismore Regional Art Gallery has been going to be replaced.
For 60 years the existing Lismore Regional Art Gallery has been going to be replaced. David Nielsen

Lismore misses out on funding

LISMORE City Council has missed out on Commonwealth funding for projects submitted in December under Rounds 3 and 4 of the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF).

The two projects submitted by council, the Lismore Regional Gallery upgrade and Nimbin's Rainbow Rd (known as Nimbin Walking Track), were both unsuccessful.

Council acknowledged that it could only afford these projects if they received considerable financial support from external sources.

It is the second time in two years the gallery has been refused Federal Government funding for an upgrade.

Five Northern Rivers projects (including Clarence Valley) made it through to the final stage of consideration for Round Three, which will deliver $50 million in grants worth between $50,000 and $500,000 for projects in towns with a population of fewer than 30,000 people.

One of these was a new expanded premises for Kyogle's community gym.

Another three projects made the Round Four shortlist, delivering grants between $500,000 and $15 million for "priority regional infrastructure projects that also leverage funding from state and local governments and the private sector", totalling $175 million.

Local projects to make it through were the Casino Saleyards upgrade and an extension of The Buttery rehabilitation centre in Bangalow.

The Lismore Regional Gallery upgrade had also been submitted under Round 4.Regional Development Australia Northern Rivers chair Ian Tiley said hard choices needed to be made to select those granted passage to the final application stage.

"The projects chosen took into the account the priorities of our Regional Plan and other identified community priorities, and address the needs of the region.

"The projects are backed by a strong level of community support and are ready to proceed. They will each have a positive long-term impact on our region and neighbouring regions."

Nearly $1 billion has been allocated to the RDAF, which funds capital infrastructure projects which are identified as priorities by local communities.

The program is administered by the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport.



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