16.9 C
Byron Shire
October 22, 2021

New push to breathe life into Lismore’s CBD

Latest News

Charges laid after police pursuit at Murwillumbah

Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District have been investigating several incidents of stolen motor vehicles from within the Kingscliff area over the past month.

Other News

Government secrecy around health advice defended by local Nats MP

The NSW Liberal-Nationals government’s attempt to block transparency around its health advice with the COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney last June will now become public.

Iona Herbs

Pam Morrow from Iona Herbs is a one-woman-show. She has spent her whole life growing herbs and produce on...

Biz smashed by new COVID-19 regime

It was proudly trumpeted as ‘Freedom Day’ by the State Government. But for much of the local business community in the Northern Rivers region, October 11 was anything but.

Phone scam – Just.Hang.Up.

Crime Stoppers says that almost 90 per cent of Australians have received at least one nuisance or unwanted call every week

French hypocrisy

The French are understandably upset about being stabbed in the back by Australia’s sinking of the submarine contract. They...

Epiq sporting facilities ready for summer

Lennox Head’s Clarence Property has just handed over to Ballina Shire Council the newly constructed Community & Sports Amenities Building, at the sports fields opposite Epiq Marketplace, off Hutley Drive.

Launching the Retailer Survey that will help inform the new CBD Retail Strategy are (l-r) Peppertree Kitchen owner Helen Nott, Lismore Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chair Deborah Benhayon, Lismore City Council Partnering and Community Engagement Officer Flora Zigterman and Lismore City Centre Manager Jason Mumford. (supplied)
Launching the Retailer Survey that will help inform the new CBD Retail Strategy are (l-r) Peppertree Kitchen owner Helen Nott, Lismore Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chair Deborah Benhayon, Lismore City Council Partnering and Community Engagement Officer Flora Zigterman and Lismore City Centre Manager Jason Mumford. (supplied)

Lismore businesses are being asked to take part in a consultation aimed at shaping the future of Lismore’s central business district.

Throughout November, ‘place-making experts’ Village Well will be surveying business owners for ideas to activate and populate Lismore’s city spaces, including the new Lismore Quadrangle, CBD and riverbank.

The survey is part of a broader Lismore City Council community consultation which will also include Kitchen Table Conversations, a Place Vision Charrette for Lismore Quadrangle stakeholders and Listening Posts to capture the thoughts of local residents.

The consultation process is being coordinated by the Lismore Business Panel and the Lismore Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

LCCI chair Deborah Benhayon said the survey was an opportunity for businesses to put forward what they would like to see for the direction, growth and future of the CBD retail precinct.

The input would be fed into a specific plan that would guide how the CBD developers over the next five to ten years.

‘Both council and the LCCI recognise the importance and value of all businesses being part of this consultative process,’ Ms Benhayon said.

‘Now is the time to engage so that a diversity of views and opinions are gathered, ensuring Lismore continues to tap into its potential and grows with an economically prosperous future benefiting the whole community.

The feedback received from the various consultation methods will be used to create three strategies:

  • A CBD Retail Strategy to boost growth in the city centre. This will include recommendations relating to retail mix, physical improvements, programming and events for the CBD, marketing and new projects.
  • The Quadrangle Creative Placemaking Strategy to activate the new public town square and Lismore Regional Gallery site. This will include recommendations on the management of public events and programming within the quadrangle.
  • A Bridge to Bridge Masterplan and Plan of Management to restore the riverbank between the two CBD bridges. There will be one plan for the CBD side and one plan for South Lismore. These plans will include looking at opportunities for creating new attractions such as artists’ hubs, markets, more walking trails etc.

Ms Benhayon said with the opening of the new Lismore Regional Gallery and quadrangle in 2017 there is a great opportunity to strategically plan how best to use the new ‘town square’, the CBD and riverbank spaces into the future.

‘Recognising and appreciating how connected everything is in the Lismore region means we need input from the broader retail and business community such as those in SouthLismore and East Lismore, retailers at Lismore Shopping Square and further surrounding areas,’ she said.

‘Key for all sectors of the business community will be how to identify and leverage opportunities from activity in one area to create potential and support growth in another.’

The Retailer Survey is now online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H7VQJLF until Friday, 11 November. It takes just five minutes.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

#BigBadBiomass – protesters reject burning trees for energy

North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) and the NSW Forest Defenders have thrown their support behind the protests against the burning of Biomass to generate electricity across Australia ahead of the Glasgow Climate Change Conference (COP) 26.

Call to reject Evans Head Iron Gates DA over failure to recognise Indigenous heritage

Evans Head locals call for rejection of Iron Gates DA and recognition of the national significance of the site and its incorporation into the Broadwater National Park.

Chainsaw accident Ewingsdale

A 44-year-old arborist suffered a serious lower leg injury following a chainsaw accident at a Ewingsdale property yesterday.

New COVID cases in Ballina and Clarence Valley

Two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported for Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWHD) in the 24 hours to 8pm 19 October.