Gallery in works

Gallery in works

At Tuesdays meeting Lismore City Council voted 9/3 to make a commitment of $3 million in its future capital works program to the development of the Margaret Olley Arts Centre, close to Keen Street in the cultural precinct.

Speaking to the motion, Cr Ros Irwin said it was a crying shame that Lismore, as a regional centre, was so far behind the eight-ball in terms of cultural support for artists and that it was about time Council made an investment in art. Cr Irwin said the commitment would allow Lismore Regional Gallery director Steven Alderton the opportunity to attract private funds.

Crs Frank Swientek, John Chant and David Tomlinson voted against.

Shelter on move

Cr Graham Meinekes motion to investigate alternative sites for the Lismore Homeless Shelter was adopted 11/1 at Tuesdays meeting (Cr Vanessa Ekins against). Cr Meineke said Council owed it to the people of South Lismore to research sites other than the proposed one adjacent to the Soup Kitchen and suggested alternate possibilities like the Laurie Allen Centre, next to the river and the basketball centre on Keen Street.

Autism family day

The Far North Coast Centre for Autism is holding its annual Family Day at the House with No Steps, Alstonville, between 10am and 1pm this Saturday, May 17.

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a lifelong developmental disorder that affects one per cent of the population. People with ASD have difficulty with social and communication skills and tend to have unusual ways of learning, paying attention or reacting to sensations.

Phone 6628 3660 to register your familys attendance.

Road closure

Lismore motorists face interruptions to traffic on Rotary Drive for the next 10 weeks while Council carries out road widening and stormwater management work.

The eastbound lane (uphill) will be closed between Bent Street and Dixon Place for the duration and the west bound lane will be subject to delays. Drivers are advised to use Ballina Street, New Ballina Road and High Street. Work is due to begin next Tuesday, May 20.

Brief session on hospital

The North Coast Area Health Service will host a public briefing session to outline progress on the Integrated Cancer Centre to be constructed at Lismore Base Hospital on Thursday, May 22, from 6-8pm at the Workers Club.

The $27 million project comprises Stage 2 of the overall redevelopment of LBH and is being supported by both the NSW and Commonwealth Governments. The Integrated Cancer Centre will be a purpose-built facility offering a range of cancer treatments including a radiation oncology, or radiotherapy service.

The briefing will feature a range of expert speakers, including cancer specialists and the project architects.

The planning and design of this project is well advanced and the site clearance works are scheduled to begin in late June after the opening of Stage 1 of the hospitals redevelopment, the LBH Mental Health Services.

All interested community members are invited to attend. Refreshments will be provided.


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