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May 6, 2021

Lismore’s historic Lions fountain flows again…

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Pfvque1989qt17hXx-UEpIi8AoNAm163zlWRgCULhSqP5pmF5-xDdhZc_YdbuCD_e1LONUYhNnngrqk647THQksFtV1tjHHDRrqE0IZZKy3mun4bUx43mFuOBLPKQExa1bOO3m8JW2q1W6BkOPYH_UMot97aNYxL2AHXLLs=s0-d-e1-ftLismore’s historic Lions fountain will be officially reopened and a public artwork commemorating the 70th anniversary of Lions in Australia will be unveiled tomorrow (Saturday, 30 September) at Lismore City Hall.

The first Lions club in Australia was founded in Lismore by Bill Tresise in 1947, and the fountain was constructed in 1967 to recognise Lismore as the birthplace of Lions Australia.

The public artwork that will accompany the restored fountain was made and designed by local artist Scott Harrower, telling a visual history of Lions through a series of colourful mosaics mounted on concrete pedestals.

‘The new artwork is a beautiful tribute to the rich history of Lions in Australia and we are very excited to be able to unveil it to the general public,’ Lismore Mayor Isaac Smith said.

‘The artwork tells the inspiring story of Lions, their history and the good work they have done in our local community and throughout Australia. Lismore is very proud to be the birthplace of Lions Australia and there is no better time to reopen the Lions fountain and unveil the public artwork than during their 70th anniversary year.’

The Lions fountain was to be demolished last year, sparking an outcry from Lions members and the general public, who wished to see the landmark retained.

Council worked with Lions to raise the necessary funds to restore the fountain and create a public artwork as a contemporary tribute.

Lions will host a District Convention in Lismore from 27-29 October to officially celebrate its 70th anniversary.

The fountain reopening and art unveiling will be held this Saturday, 30 September from 10.15am. The official ceremony will be followed by a Lions sausage sizzle and community members are welcome to enjoy lunch for a $2 donation.


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3 COMMENTS

  1. Ok, right that is part of the story as the water nymphs leap into the air
    The story is just starting, just beginning. The next step s to make money for the town from running water so it floods the emotions
    The main part is Promotion so tourists will spend money in Lismore.
    Lions is known Australia wide so that Fountain is to be promoted Australia wide with the brand of Lismore Lions Club the birthplace of Lions, a place of pride. People, I mean tourists, will come from far and wide to see and feel the feeling of Lions and photograph it, the place of where the roar of Lions came from. That is money in the bank.
    Now you want lighting, ark lights to light it at night, as a fountain at night is romantic and exhilarating and it brings couples to ram and cuddle and nuzzle, to hear the sound of rushing water as it stirs the emotions and makes peace with the soul.
    We are just beginning. It is a place for a wedding.
    “I do” she said.

  2. Or you could go the other way that you have gone in the past and keep the Fountain a secret and let it run down again and it falls into disrepair and it stops and it falters and it breaks down, and no one sees it except as a piece of junk, like it was.
    Then the town of Lismore goes the same way. The same as the railway, all rust, dust and into shemozzles. That was the past so it could also be the future.

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