THE Tilligerry Arts Group Inc have officially opened their new Gallery, with a special ceremony and open afternoon at their new premises in the old Lemon Tree Passage Rural Fire Brigade Building at 13 Meredith St Lemon Tree Passage.
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The move to the new Gallery and initial basic refurbishment was made possible by a number of very supportive parties who have generously provided financial, physical and moral support, making this new facility a truly community supported initiative.
Port Stephens Council granted a Licence of Occupation, while Councillor Steve Tucker organised Council funds for basic building repairs.
Donations were gratefully received from Tilligerry Lions Club and Club Lemon Tree, while the then Mayor Bruce MacKenzie provided some Mayoral funding.
Tilligerry Men’s Shed, members and partners of members, assisted with a wide range of further renovations and repairs, as well as providing the ‘muscle’ to move everything from one Gallery to the other.
Di Stubbs, Publicity Officer at TAG told News Of The Area, “The new Gallery is just beautiful!”
“We have retained the charm of the old fire station building, and incorporated those features into creating a wonderful, modern space for our art gallery.”
TAG is very grateful to five Lemon Tree/Mallabula locals who provided the group with their very welcome services.
Lene Twomey of Norsk Design worked very patiently with Committee members to design and develop this website and then secured us the hosting services of Digital Pacific.
Nat and Jim Robertson of JN Industries Property Improvements were long-suffering, adapting to the many changes of design for the glass windows and doors to modernise the Fire Station roller door.
Lauren Dennison, the Activities Organiser from Bunnings Taylors Beach, who donated painting supplies and organised with Michelle Wilmott, Sales Executive of Dulux to provide free paint.
The group also wish to give thanks to Coastal Real Estate & Property Management, Tanilba Bay, who have for many years sponsored the groups occupation of their previous premises in the Kooindah Centre.
Di said “A very big thank you to all of our members and their partners who have also been so supportive as we made this exciting transition to our new premises.”