The Northern Rivers Conservatorium in Lismore is set to become accessible to everyone thanks to NSW Government support for the installation of a lift in the three storey building.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Arts, Hon Ben Franklin MLC, announced that the much loved local ‘Con’ will receive $277,000 in funding from the NSW Government to install a lift in the locally heritage listed building.

This is on top of the $636,172 granted to the Conservatorium through the Regional Cultural Fund in 2018 to undertake a major renovation of teaching, administration and public spaces in the building.

Mr Franklin said he was thrilled to announce the funding for the Conservatorium which will ensure full accessibility to all three floors including the recital space.

“The Northern Rivers Conservatorium has a long standing tradition of musical excellence and it is vital that their facilities continue to offer first-rate education and cultural experiences for the entire community,” Mr Franklin said.

“I have been strongly advocating within the Government to secure this funding and I couldn’t be happier to join the Con’s absolutely outstanding Director Anita Bellman to make today’s announcement.

“As a heritage building, it is beautiful but was not originally designed with modern access facilities in mind so it is fantastic that this funding will be able to ensure the building is easily accessible to all members of the community.”

Executive Director of the Northern Rivers Conservatorium Anita Bellman said the announcement of this additional funding is making their dreams come true.

“We are so grateful for this additional support from the NSW Government which will allow us to complete the installation of the lift,” Ms Bellman said.

“The dream of making our heritage building truly accessible will be realised by December this year and we are beyond thrilled.”

The renovation project is well underway with teaching studios and administrative spaces already having received an upgrade as well as new paint and flooring within the building, accessibility ramps being completed and work on the new lift now able to begin.