Lismore Regional Gallery is officially a done deal
THE MUCH-ANTICIPATED construction of a new Lismore Regional Gallery overcame a final hurdle yesterday, with the $2.85million federal grant officially inked.
Mayor Jenny Dowell stated: "Although the announcement concerning this grant was made last year, staff have been working with the Australian Government to finalise the contract for the fund. There was always a slight risk that an early election was called and the Government goes into caretaker mode, before the contract was signed.
"We are pleased to report that the contract has been negotiated and signed by both Council and the Government, thereby providing certainty about the flow of funds for the project.
"Concurrent with the finalisation of the financial arrangements has been a series of meetings and discussions with the areas stakeholders, being the library, the Conservatorium, the gallery staff and Arts Northern Rivers. These discussions have led to a firming up of both the internal arrangement of space within the building and the manner in which the car parking and quadrangle may work. These proposals will be placed before Council's planners at a pre-lodgement meeting next week before going back to the Steering Committee for endorsement.
"It is hoped that a Development Application can be lodged later this month." said Cr Dowell.
The Lismore mayor reminded those who pledged money for the new gallery to honour their pledges.