The custodian of the Rainbow Temple in Rosebank will seek heritage listing for the sacred structure in a bid to save it from demolition.
Though it stood as a symbol of the region’s spiritual heart for more than 20 years, Lismore City Council ordered that it be knocked down earlier this year.
The multi-storey temple and the glow-worm tunnel that runs beneath it were built without development approval and, according to Lismore Council, are not compliant with building rules.
But the man who initiated the building of the temple, Guy Feldmann, said the structure and tunnel were structurally strong, and deserved to be preserved.
‘This is a meeting place for collaboration and connection, and a place of healing for the disenfranchised,’ Mr Feldmann said.
‘It is a dedication to all things positive – to the beautiful truth of our essential nature. I want to work with the council to find a positive way forward.’
Mr Feldmann and community law firm Barefoot Law are now preparing an application to have the site heritage listed.
‘This is our attempt to create a bridge, a way for the temple to live on,’ Mr Feldmann said. He said that the temple and tunnel will remain closed to the public, including overnight stays, until the matter is resolved.