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Lismore Mayor Steve Krieg says that Council has received $1 million from the Her Way program under the NSW Government’s Safer Cities Program.

Lismore City Council is working with the State Government to improve perception of safety for women, girls and gender diverse people in public spaces in the heart of the CBD.

Cr Krieg said this is great news for the community and in particular female members of the community who do not always feel safe in some of our public spaces. ‘Every person in our community, regardless of gender, has the right to feel safe to walk the streets of our City day or night and this fits into our vision for a safe and friendly nightlife.

Improve safety whether real or perceived

Cr Krieg said that while Council is still working on the details of the project. ‘The aim is to improve the safety whether real or perceived for women, girls and gender diverse people in public spaces through such things as smart technology, gender sensitive lighting, wayfinding and place-based activation in the heart of Lismore.’

Dr. Caroline Butler-Bowdon, Executive Director Cities Revitalisation and Place, Transport for NSW has said the Safer Cities: Her Way program is an incredible opportunity to partner with ten councils across NSW and deliver improvements that address local experiences and needs.

‘We’re excited to be working closely with Lismore City Council to listen to the voices of local women, girls and gender diverse people, and trial initiatives that help them feel they can move freely and comfortably through their local public spaces.’

Mayor Krieg said some of the areas Council is looking at include the Transit Centre, including the Kirklands Riviera Carpark, Carrington and/or Molesworth Street to link with the CBD with City Hall and NORPA, the Harold Fredericks Carpark link to The Quad, and links between Woodlark Street the laneways and Browns Creek Carpark.

‘The final location of the project, and what will be included, will be decided after community consultation early next year. This will include a “Walkshop” where Council staff walk through the CBD at various times of day and night with women to discuss how they feel about their safety in particular areas.

‘This really is a terrific project and I am looking forward to hear from the female members of our community about their thoughts about improving safety in our City.’

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