New art gallery possible

A NEW art gallery and historical museum for Kyogle may be one step closer to becoming a reality after today’s council meeting.

Council staff has recommended councillors vote to approve stage one of a development application to build the facility.

The gallery and museum proposal, if approved, will incorporate and extend the existing library in Stratheden St.

While the report said the proposed site was suitable for such a building, the concept plans would require some re-design work in order for it to better respond to the character and streetscape of the surrounding area.

The proposed building’s flat roof was found to be too stark a contrast to surrounding buildings, and the colours selected made the building stand out rather than blend in with other buildings, the report said.

The museum is expected to display the history of the town and surrounding areas, including the Indigenous, cedar getters and pastoral histories, while the gallery will showcase the town’s growing arts community.

If approved, the consent will only be for the concept of the building and no works will be carried out until stage two is approved.

The council will has contributed $5000 to the architectural concept plan and will donate the land and council application fees.

Construction funding will be sought from state and federal governments. Kyogle Council ordinary meeting is at 3.30pm today at the council chambers in Stratheden St.

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