Donors gather at The Regional Art Gallery hear from the architect, Dominic Finlay Jones, about the redevelopment of the gallery.
Donors gather at The Regional Art Gallery hear from the architect, Dominic Finlay Jones, about the redevelopment of the gallery. Natsky

Gallery donations roll with thanks

IT has been an incredible few years of gathering momentum for the redevelopment of The Lismore Regional Gallery.

The Pledge campaign was an idea of Mayor Jenny Dowell’s and kicked off in 2013. It has enabled the community to contribute financially to the redevelopment of the project.

According to the gallery’s director, Brett Adlington, over a period of about six weeks, a few hundred people pledged $120,000 to the campaign.

It also led to the Margaret Olley Arts Trust coming back to Lismore, and stating their support for the project to the tune of $500,000 if “we secured federal government funding”, said Mr Adlington. Once this funding was announced in December 2015, the donations started rolling in - “showing the incredible dedication to this project from a huge range of individuals, businesses and community groups.”

Over 150 have now contributed, including the funds from the Olley Trust.

‘We now have $680,000 of private money for this project,” said Mr Adlington.

“Last Friday night was a chance for us to thank these donors, and for them to hear more about the project architect, Dominic Finlay Jones,”he said.

"To have this level of support is indeed satisfying, and is more than the money. It is very strong vote of confidence in the need for this project".

The Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) - an independent body from Lismore City Council - as the council is involved in the construction of the building - gave the development application the go ahead this week.

The tender will now be voted on at the council meeting on August 2.

The $5.8 million construction project became a reality last year with the awarding of a $2.85 million federal government grant.