BIG DAY: Preparing to celebrate the official opening on Saturday of the Keen Street upgrade are Keen Street businesswomen Lois
BIG DAY: Preparing to celebrate the official opening on Saturday of the Keen Street upgrade are Keen Street businesswomen Lois

$1.5m upgrade a reason to party

By SAMANTHA TURNBULL

WHEN it comes to beauty, Lois Ponton and Noelene Geraghty know what works.

The owners of Lavish Floral Design make beautiful creations for a living and have given their expert stamp of approval to the Lismore City Council's beautification of Keen Street.

"It looks terrific," Lois said.

"The feedback we've been getting from customers is that it has made the street look more inviting."

The women are among a group of Keen Street retailers who this Saturday will host a street party, in conjunction with Lismore Unlimited Op- portunities and Lismore City Council, to celebrate the $1.5 million upgrade.

The stretch of Keen Street, between Woodlark and Magellan streets, has been redesigned in the same format as Molesworth Street.

As part of the new design, about 30 car parking spaces were lost with the introduction of angled parking in the centre of the road.

However, Pets and Saddles owner Lucinda Dyason said the newly-planted trees and landscaping would hopefully make the compromise worth while.

"I do still think the upgrade made the street short of parking," she said.

"But overall, it seems to be a great improvement.

"It looks a lot nicer and I'm hoping it will bring people back into the CBD."

Lois Ponton said she was expecting a big Saturday.

"The party should bring people into town, but it's also the day before Mother's Day. So it's usually a big time of year for us anyway," she said.

n This Saturday's street party will be held between 10am and 2pm in Keen Street. The Red Cross will run a free sausage sizzle provided by Keen Street retailers. Entertainment will include local bands, face-painting, a magician, dancers, children's choir, lantern workshop and artists at work.



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