Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Cinema Project Flickering; Long Delays in Finding a Builder

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Cinema Project Flickering; Long Delays in Finding a Builder

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Byline: Digby Hildreth Digby.Hildreth@northernstar.com.au

LOCALS keen to have their large cinema back - or just concerned at the ugly hole left by demolition crews at the site in southern Jonson St - "will start seeing some serious activity soon", said a spokesman for Wingate, the principal developer.

Activity at the site virtually halted following a rapid demolition of the main Palace Cinema building early last year, with nearby businesspeople and residents reporting they had seen no work taking place "for months".

The site, home to a new cinema and retail complex, has become an eyesore in that time, with rubbish accumulating around the scrappy security fencing and graffiti-covered walls.

Wingate encountered "unforeseen delays" last year, its managing director of property, Mark Harrison said.

But he said work would "commence as early as possible in the new year " with hopes for Stage 1 completion by Christmas.

Wingate, which has 75% stake in the joint venture Wingate Byron Property Trust with Azzura International Constructions, has appointed the Queensland builder Hutchinson to develop the site, Mr Harrison said. …

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