OPINION: Why Lismore’s roundabouts rule the region
THE City of Lismore has occasionally been the target of scorn from critics who love to criticise perceived mistakes made in the city's planning and public art, but there is one thing the town can be more than proud of.
That is the design of the town's roundabouts - each one unique and with its own charm, and taken together a tour de force of landscape architecture.
Next time you drive around the town take the time to appreciate each one of these landmarks as you negotiate the curve.
There's the rustic tribute to Australian pastoral life on the corner of Union St and the Bruxner Highway in South Lismore, featuring an eye-catching windmill and creeping wisteria, and old milk cans.
On the other other side of town up in Goonellabah, there's an amazing bottle tree growing in a bed of flowers just behind the Lismore Come to the Heart sign, which greets the thousands of daily commuters coming into Lismore along the Bruxner Highway from Ballina.
Down on the corner of Dawson St and Woodlark St, as traffic flows into town from Lismore Base Hospital and Lismore Square, there is an actual fountain flowing out of landscaped steps.
There are others, such as the tropical oasis on the corner of Rous Rd and the Bruxner Highway, and the stone tablets on the corner of Molesworth St and the Bruxner.
The roundabouts are so impressive it's a wonder why Lismore hasn't ever tried dubbing itself "the city of roundabouts".
Maybe the only thing missing in the collection is a roundabout modelled on a Japanese garden as a tribute to the city's sister relationship with Yamato Takada. There's an idea for mayor Jenny Dowell.
Lismore is mostly protective of its roundabouts as a traffic device, despite some detractors:
Perhaps they deserve to be celebrated even more.