Lois Kelly and Mitch Lowe.
Lois Kelly and Mitch Lowe. The Northern Star

Project Lismore Alive to put life into the city

LISMORE is not dull.

The city has heaps of diverse people doing all kinds of creative things – but the grey space the inner city wallows in over the weekend needs an infusion of fresh activities to bring people back.

The problem is being tackled by Lismore City Council with a $30,000 State Government grant to survey thousands of business owners and residents about what they think should be done to improve the city centre and make it more vibrant and active.

The Lismore Alive project, being run through Lismore Tourism Co-ordinator Mitch Lowe and the Council's Economic Development Co-ordinator, Lois Kelly, kicked off yesterday.

But it needs your bright ideas on what needs to be done to bring the buzz back on weekends, to harness the positive resources Lismore has, along with the skills of its people and businesses, and to make the city's central area realise its full potential.

What do you love about Lismore? What would you like to see and do in the Lismore city centre on weekends to make it more vibrant? These are some of the questions you will be asked.

“Community input is vital,” Mr Lowe said.

“We want to create a blueprint for the future direction and development of the Lismore city centre that reflects Lismore's vibrant and diverse community.”

Mr Lowe said Lismore had 500,000 visitors each year, but there was not a lot happening on weekends, when even the museum and art gallery closed.

He said it had been an ongoing issue, but the problem could not be tackled without plenty of input.

The youth of Lismore, the retired, and all age groups including families are being asked to respond to the council's survey.

Ms Kelly said there was not much choice in activities for residents or visitors on weekends, with the city centre being 'a ghost town'.

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