Council gets down to business
IT'S ALL about creating vibrancy in the CBD, said newly-appointed Lismore city manager Stephen Nelson.
After years of supporting various events that bring tourists to the region on an ad hoc basis, the focus will now change to a more strategic approach.
“It will be more about programs that give prominence and add vitality to the CBD,” Mr Nelson said.
The new strategic focus won the unanimous support of the Lismore City Council this week.
The promotional budget comes from the Special Rate Variation Levy, paid by CBD businesses, and administered by the Lismore Promotion Advisory group, which makes recommendations to council for final approval.
Events like the Christmas Carnival and Carols, the Lantern Parade and CBD shopping promotions will be among the winners, Mr Nelson said.
However, other events such as the 4WD Caravan and Camping Show, Tropical Fruits, the Lismore Cup and Gemfest will no longer be able to receive support funding.
CBD shopowner Bill Sheaffe, who spoke in favour of the change at Tuesday's council meeting, said in troubled economic times it was important traders worked co-operatively with the council and chamber of commerce.
The council also approved a recommendation to cut the number of advisory group members from 14 to eight.