We are thrilled to announce that our March application for funding for upgraded accessibility and amenities through the Clubs Grants Category 3 Cultural Infrastructure round has been successful. Our local MP Thomas George officially announced this wonderful news at a visit to the Conservatorium on September 7 with Troy Grant MP, Minister for Police and Emergency Services.
It is such fantastic news for our Conservatorium and the wider community, especially after the devastating impact of ex-tropical cyclone Debbie. We are still working our way through repairs and refurbishment to the ground floor but are making good progress.
The grant of $221,088, the largest injection of infrastructure funding in the Conservatorium’s history, will fund the installation of a lift to service all three floors of the Conservatorium building as well as ramps within the building. Also on the list of works are refurbishment to the windows at the rear of the building which face into The Quad and upgrade of the ground floor amenities.
For years, members of our community with mobility issues have been unable to participate in music education and performance activities located on the first and second floors. Sadly, this has meant that some students have family members who have never seen them perform in our Concert Room. With the installation of the lift and ramps we will be able to throw open access to all our spaces for the whole community and be truly inclusive. We are grateful to Thomas George for his support of our Northern Rivers Conservatorium.
We will keep you all posted on the progress of these significant works.
Minister Troy Grant MP, Lismore State Member Thomas George MP and Anita Bellman Executive Director of the Northern Rivers Conservatorium.
Photo: Sophie Moeller, Editor The Lismore Echo