The Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel has approved a development application for the refurbishment of City Hall in Bounty Street, Lismore.
A $100,000 grant from the NSW government’s Regional Capital program towards the capital redevelopment of NORPA’s home base was announced in September.
The proposal is for a staged refurbishment. The first stage will comprise structural improvements to the kitchen and Fountain Room, better lighting, extension of the foyer, accessibility upgrade, new bar and box office, provision of better access between auditorium and foyer. Some landscaping works will also be undertaken.
Stage 2 would comprise new ‘back of house’ facilities – loading and scene dock, internal house and lift – and would be dependent on the cost of Stage 1 and subsequent funding.
Chair of the northern regional panel, Mr Garry West, said, ‘The proposed refurbishment will benefit the local community with improved accessibility and up-to-date facilities for all users of the City Hall.
‘The proposed installation of awnings and the landscaping of the grounds will enhance the visual appeal of the external building as well as provide practical improvements.’