The city plots its strategic smarts
BY 2012 Lismore will have broken with its agricultural roots to become a city of well-educated people looking for a town rich in culture, sport and entertainment.
That is the vision of Lismore being laid out today with the launch of the city council's Lismore 2012 strategic plan.
Lismore Mayor Merv King said the plan was the result of 12 months of consultation and loosely mapped out the way people wanted the city to grow during the next eight years.
"It has come through very strongly that Lismore residents are proud of their city. They want it to grow and prosper and continue to be a strong regional voice," he said.
The strategic plan says Lismore's future employment base will be knowledge-based and creative industries; edu- cation, environmental repair and tourism.
Residents will want a high degree of social cohesion ? essential to a sense of purpose and belonging, and to reduce crime, the strategic plan says.
The residents of a future Lismore will also demand better roads and more footpaths, as well as a network of cycleways.