New infrastructure gives historical society a lift

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Lismore Mayor Isaac Smith and members of the Richmond River Historical Society (RRHS) today took the first ride in a new lift installed at the old municipal building at 165 Molesworth Street.

The two-storey building was opened in 1928 and members of the RRHS have lobbied Council since before 1998 for a lift to provide disabled access to the Lismore Museum and historical society located on the second floor of the building.

The lift was approved by Lismore City Council in the 2017/18 budget and cost $195,000 to install.

RRHS President Dr Robert Smith said it was a happy day for the society after a long and sustained campaign to achieve second-floor access for members and visitors.

“It has long been needed by the building for access. The Councillors represent the community so this was a vote of faith from the community,” Dr Smith said.

“After the tough time the Lismore CBD has had we are determined to be more involved in the restoration and revitalisation of the city centre. People can look forward to a much more active historical society trying to bring more visitors to Lismore.”

Isaac Smith said the RRHS had been very patient in campaigning for the new infrastructure and said it was a momentous occasion to finally see the lift installed and working.

“We know there have been many school groups, parents with prams and elderly social clubs that have not been able to visit the Lismore Museum due to accessibility constraints, so we are very pleased that the historical society is now open to all,” Isaac said.

“Thousands of people come from across Australia to visit the Lismore Museum and the Richmond River Historical Society and now, finally, everyone can come in and enjoy learning about Lismore’s rich and fascinating history.”

Image: Ready to take the first ride in the new RRHS lift are (l-r) Lismore Mayor Isaac Smith, RRHS members Geoff Kerr and Janette Childs, former Council alderman and long-time user of the building Phil Consalvo (front), Lismore City Council General Manager Gary Murphy and RRHS President Dr Robert Smith.

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