PLANS are afoot for a conversion of the old Lemon Tree Passage Fire Station into an Arts Centre.
Councillor Steve Tucker said that the location of the building was a prime site for locals and visitors to view and purchase the creative works of local artists, sculptors, jewellery makers and woodworkers.
“Any business owner will tell you that if you have traffic, you have sales,” he said.
“It would be an ideal place to showcase what our town has to offer for the visitor and locals alike.”
“A few Bali banners fluttering in the breeze, tourist brochures on offer and exhibits of the various community groups would be a great drawcard,” he said.
Councillor Tucker said that a makeover of the building was already in the planning stage.
“The Tilligerry Art Group (TAG), our Lions Club and Port Stephens Council have put together around $12,000 for the job.” “The roller doors will go and be replaced by more ‘people friendly’ ones. On top of this, some painting and fitting out will need to be done,” Cr Tucker said.
Meanwhile, the self help art group with its home base at the Old School Centre has proved to be an ideal training ground for budding artists.
They meet each Monday between 9am and noon in the top room, which has just been upgraded with a wheelchair access ramp.
The group is only too willing to welcome people who would like to take up painting or drawing.
It will even provide brushes, paints and canvases for those wishing to give it a go and $4 covers a morning’s activities which includes tea and bickies.
There are also numerous art books and videos on hand for inspiration. Just turn up if this interests you.
By Geoff WALKER