Deputy mayor Isaac Smith at Tuesday night’s Lismore City Council meeting, giving an impassioned speech in favour of the Margaret Olley Arts Centre in front of the packed public gallery.
Deputy mayor Isaac Smith at Tuesday night’s Lismore City Council meeting, giving an impassioned speech in favour of the Margaret Olley Arts Centre in front of the packed public gallery. David Neilsen

Nimbin drug-free signs dumped

BACKPACKERS travelling to Nimbin will not be faced with signs saying that Lismore City Council wants the town to be a drug-free zone, after the proposal was rejected on Tuesday night.

Councillor Neil Marks said that Nimbin had a regrettable worldwide reputation as a place to buy drugs, but most people in the town wanted their young people to be encouraged to lead a healthy lifestyle.

The council needed to show its support for suchpeople, he said.

However, Cr Ray Houston said the idea was ‘ludicrous’ and an ‘insult to Nimbin’.

Other decisions that were reached during the final council meeting for the year included:

To go ahead with an application for Federal funding for the proposed Margaret Olley Arts Centre.

Clunes residents will have to wait two years for construction of the Clunes wastewater scheme to begin. The aim will be to have the scheme completed in 2014/15. Priority is to be given to the construction of the southern trunk main as soon as possible. Levying of the Clunes sewer charge is to be suspended for at least two years.

In the face of a flood of messages and calls supporting the Goonellabah Library, council voted to keep it open, noting there was a great range of activities beside book lending that took place there, including ‘bounce and rhyme’ groups for young mothers and a house-bound reader service run by Friends of the Library members.

A rescission motion supporting the inclusion of land at 275 Cameron Road, McLeans Ridges, in the new comprehensive Local Environmental Plan was defeated. It followed representations by an organic farmer whose property is next to the proposed subdivision. He was concerned that the ‘normal activities’ of such a farm, including odours and noise, were inconsistent with a residential development, and that the subdivision could lead to contamination of his springwater supply.

Paid parking is to be introduced in Uralba Street in February, because some motorists are parking there for unreasonable amounts of time, making it difficult for others to access the hospital

The six-month swimming pass will be reinstated at Lismore Memorial Baths, costing $162 for an adult and $491 for a family.

Rates are to go up, adding $205 to the average family’s bill for the year.



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