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New era dawns for Lismore City Hall

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New era dawns for Lismore City Hall

 

At this month’s Council meeting, it was announced that NORPA will be stepping down from its role as facility manager of Lismore City Hall upon its reopening.

Councillor Peter Colby, Chair of the Cultural Alliance between NORPA and Lismore City Council, acknowledged NORPA’s significant contributions to the region. “Council and NORPA have engaged in many positive discussions since the 2022 floods regarding the vision for City Hall. This mutual decision was influenced by various factors,” he stated.

“I extend my best wishes to NORPA for their future endeavours and look forward to their continued original performances at City Hall. This transition presents a wonderful opportunity to open City Hall to more community groups, allowing broader use of this exceptional space. Council is currently evaluating future uses and management models for City Hall, ensuring it remains a valuable community venue for arts, cultural performances, and events such as the eisteddfod.”

NORPA’s Executive Director, Libby Lincoln, highlighted the organisation’s achievements as part of its 30-year celebrations. “Our proudest accomplishment has been nurturing the Lismore community into one of the most engaged theatre audiences in regional Australia. We estimate that over half a million people visited City Hall during our tenure.”

NORPA plans to remain based in Lismore, continuing to engage audiences, create original theatre works, and support creative development across the region. The company is committed to contributing to the cultural growth of the area. “We are excited for our future. With continued funding from State and Federal Governments, we must maintain our status as a contemporary and sustainable arts organization,” Lincoln said.

“Managing Lismore City Hall with a year-round season of curated performing arts requires significant resources, ongoing investment, and a shared vision for the venue’s future. The challenges of the past four years, including COVID-19 shutdowns and the floods, have only strengthened our resolve to create original theatre that reflects our region and its stories.”

NORPA has consistently been an innovator, presenting original works in unique settings outside traditional theatre venues, often to sold-out audiences. Notable productions include the award-winning Love for One Night at The Eltham Hotel in 2022, Dreamland in local country halls in 2017 and 2019, and Railway Wonderland at Lismore’s disused train station in 2012 and 2015. In September 2024, NORPA will present the destination theatre event Wildskin at the Lismore Showground.

Lismore City Mayor Steve Krieg expressed gratitude to NORPA for its stewardship of City Hall and looked forward to its next chapter. “Like many, I have enjoyed numerous productions that tell our local stories. I thank NORPA for this and believe the new management model will continue to enhance their reputation and audience.”

Lismore City Hall, opened in 1965, was initially intended to enhance Lismore’s reputation as a city of arts and satisfy the cultural needs of its residents. The opening gala concert featured diverse performances, including piano, organ, and violin recitals, Spanish dancing, ballet, and other musical acts.

Throughout the 1960s, City Hall hosted regular Saturday night dances and, in the following decades, catered to various musical and cultural events, including concerts, debutante balls, and weddings.

Currently, City Hall is undergoing significant repairs funded by flood-restoration grants and a $5.2 million Create NSW grant. Construction is expected to be completed next year, weather permitting.

 

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Soldiers to March into Lismore: Freedom of Entry Parade

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Soldiers to March into Lismore: Freedom of Entry Parade

 

Soldiers from the esteemed 41st Battalion, Royal New South Wales Regiment, based in Lismore, are set to perform a stirring Freedom of Entry Parade into the heart of the Lismore CBD on Saturday, June 22nd, 2024.

Led by the commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Danial Healy, the ceremonial parade will feature up to 200 soldiers from the Northern Rivers region, accompanied by a military marching band. The event will commence at 1:00 pm on Magellan Street, proceeding through the city streets before concluding at Memorial Gardens on Molesworth Street around 2:00 pm.

This symbolic procession will see the soldiers donning their full regalia, showcasing the esteemed traditions of the battalion. Superintendent Scott Tanner, the Richmond PD District commander, and Mayor of Lismore, Councillor Steve Krieg, will formally challenge the soldiers’ right of entry into the city as they halt along the route.

Lieutenant Colonel Healy emphasised the significance of exercising the battalion’s Freedom of Entry, underscoring the close ties between the soldiers and the local community. He highlighted the battalion’s pivotal role in the response to the 2022 floods, reaffirming their commitment to serving the community.

The Freedom of Entry Parade holds historical significance, rooted in military tradition and medieval history. It represents the highest honour bestowed upon the Australian Defence Force by a city, symbolizing the enduring bond between the military and the local community.

The parade not only serves as a ceremonial spectacle but also as an opportunity for the soldiers to deepen their connections with the City of Lismore. As a prelude to the lantern parade, this event promises to be a captivating display of unity and respect, commemorating the rich heritage of the 41st Battalion.

 

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Enter the 2024 Lismore Business Excellence Awards

 

The 2024 Lismore Business Excellence Awards are now open, inviting businesses within the 2480 postcode to showcase their achievements and contributions to the local economy.

Organised by Business Lismore, also known as the Lismore Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the awards aim to recognise and honour outstanding business achievements. These awards celebrate businesses that have persevered through challenges, embraced opportunities, and contributed to the growth and prosperity of Lismore.

Why Enter?

  • Recognition: Gain acknowledgment for your hard work and achievements.
    Networking: Connect with other business leaders.
    Promotion: Increase your business’s visibility.
    Validation: Validate your strategies and operations.

Categories

There are 23 award categories covering a wide range of industries, ensuring every type of business has the opportunity to be recognised. Categories include:

  • Retail and Personal Services
  • Trade, Construction & Manufacturing
  • Business & Professional Services
  • Health, Care & Wellness Industries
  • Agriculture & Primary Industries
  • Tourism, Recreation and Visitor Experience

Event Details

  • Date: 10 August 2024
  • Location: Lismore Turf Club

How to Enter

To enter, visit the Business Lismore website for application details and submission guidelines.

Final Thoughts

The Lismore Business Excellence Awards offer a platform for businesses to gain the recognition they deserve and contribute to the overall vibrancy and economic health of Lismore. Business Lismore encourages all eligible businesses, regardless of size, to participate and celebrate the collective success of the Lismore business community.

 

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Contractors Prioritise Environmental Protection in Restoration Project

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Contractors Prioritise Environmental Protection in Restoration Project

 

A flood restoration project on Rogerson Road, McKees Hill, took an unexpected turn when workers discovered a small colony of microbats living inside one of the stormwater drainage pipes slated for replacement.

The project, which involved replacing two large steel pipes with reinforced concrete pipes, revealed that at least half a dozen Southern Myotis Macropus, an intriguing bat species known for their fish-catching abilities, had taken refuge in one of the pipes.

Lismore City Council’s staff quickly recognised the need for sensitivity and patience, postponing the project until the two juvenile bats were mature enough to fly and relocate safely. This demonstrated the Council’s commitment to environmental protection and species conservation.

Alan Madden, Roads and Bridges Project Director for Flood Recovery at Lismore City Council, highlighted the importance of prioritising environmental considerations in all flood restoration projects.

“Temporarily halting construction to accommodate the microbats was an easy decision for us. We prioritise doing what’s right and ensuring the well-being of all creatures and the environment impacted by our work,” Madden stated.

The contractors, Rugendyke and Bashforths, showcased exceptional patience and collaboration, ensuring the best environmental outcome. Their adaptability and creativity in handling this unexpected challenge were commendable.

The project team used thermal imaging cameras to monitor the bats, confirming that the juveniles took flight just after sunset one May evening. Following this, the focus shifted to safely capturing and relocating the young bats to a nearby alternative roosting site.

To safeguard the bats, the project contractors sealed the hole in the steel pipe that served as their home and installed a timber bat box as an alternative roost. The bats quickly adapted to their new environment and are thriving.

Upon completion of the culvert work, plans are in place to relocate all bats, along with their bat box, into the newly installed concrete pipes, ensuring their continued safety and well-being.

This project underscores the importance of environmental protection in construction and highlights the efforts of Lismore City Council and its contractors in preserving local wildlife during essential infrastructure projects.

 

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