Lismore mayor Isaac Smith has welcomed the announcement of $8.2 million from the NSW Government for flood mitigation works, saying it could bolster renewed business growth.
The flood mitigation funds will be used to excavate 410,000 cubic metres of soil from behind the Lismore Airport in order to channel Leycester Creek overflow into the floodplain.
Mayor Smith said the reduced risk of flood would boost industry confidence and allow Lismore City Council to seek funding and explore opportunities to create an ‘activation hub’.
‘We’re excited to explore the creation of an activation hub and investigate bringing industry to Lismore including increased transport, freight, aviation and value adding for local agricultural production,’ Mayor Smith said.
‘As a regional city we have the ability and potential to support large industry hubs – having flood-free land means we can accelerate that growth and we have a good case to bring state and national industry to Lismore. That would be an enormous boost for the city.’