Council to improve amenities

LISMORE City Council workers will be busy come July 1 with the council yesterday announcing a host of projects to start on that date, including a major upgrade of Keen and Molesworth streets.

The projects, which also include improvements to CBD footpaths, are part of the council’s four-year plan.

“While the resources are not there to do all the projects that council and the community would like, council has done well to fund such a wide range of projects,” mayor Jenny Dowell said.

She said the projects focussed on sustainability.

“The range of projects will provide new opportunities for growth while nurturing our environment and will take significant steps to further improve Lismore’s reputation as a great place to live and work,” Cr Dowell said.

Corporate services manager Simon Adcock said projects to kick-off at the start of 2010/11 financial year included $76.6 million over four years for road rebuilding and maintenance, $1.16 million for cycleways in the CBD and Goonellabah, implementation of a region-wide biodiversity strategy, $2 million for major upgrades of Keen and parts of Molesworth streets and the construction of Nimbin Skate Park.

Meanwhile, following often critical comments made about the council during the public consultation for the now-dumped special rate variation, the council’s general manager Paul O’Sullivan yesterday assured ratepayers that management would improve its work practices.

“We have listened to the community’s concerns about some of the work practices at council and we are currently implementing a range of changes,” he said.

“Firstly we will focus on our road construction and maintenance techniques, focus on improvements to our customer service across the organisation and step up our communication with the public.”
 

MAJOR PROJECTS OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS

  • $76.6 million over four years for road rebuilding and maintenance.
  • $1.16 million for cycleways in the CBD and Goonellabah.
  • Overhaul of Lismore’s town planning guidelines to encourage sustainable growth and development, improved transportation across the region and greater housing choice.
  • Implementation of a region-wide biodiversity strategy.
  • $2 million for major upgrades to Keen Street and Molesworth Street, between Magellan and Conway streets.
  • $120,000 for improvements to footpaths to help people with disabilities access the CBD.
  • Construction of Nimbin Skate Park.


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