Damaged buildings make way for new facilities

Published on 30 April 2024

Aerial photo of the demolished Essential Energy building on Ballina Road

In another key milestone for rebuilding Lismore, work to remove eight buildings flagged for demolition post the 2022 flood disaster, has begun paving the way for future reactivation and use.

Council’s program manager Brett Lee said the demolition of the buildings were necessary to ensure public safety and would be occurring across multiple sites.

“These buildings have served our community well over many years, but they suffered significant damage in the February 2022 natural disaster and the time has come to make way for a different future,” he said.

“We will be demolishing eight buildings over the next three months in preparation for constructing new modular amenities at most of the sites.”

Following last week’s demolition of the old Essential Energy building on the corner of Ballina Road and Conway Street, other buildings to be demolished are the old Scout Hall on Wilson Street and Humbley Oval Hockey Club Kiosk.

At Lismore Lake, the toilet block and pumphouse, will be removed ahead of constructing a new modular toilet for use by patrons at the lake park precinct.

The weatherboard building at Sam Trimble Oval will be replaced with a new structure, including an accessible toilet with timed locks for easy public access, a large shade shelter, a lockable storage area, and access to water and electricity. The existing brick amenities block will also be upgraded.

At Neilson Park in East Lismore, the canteen or old cricket shed will be demolished and replaced with a new modular toilet/changeroom constructed.

The amenities block at Wade Park, also in East Lismore, as well as McKenzie Park in North Lismore will be demolished in readiness of the construction of new modular toilets.


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