Sleepless in Lismore
ACUPUNCTURIST Susan Raddatz is one of 250 people who call the Lismore CBD home.
For two years she has lived in a newly renovated two-bedroom home above a Molesworth St shop and enjoys the convenience, particularly as she also works from home.
"It's cool, it's hip," the former Darlinghurst resident said.
But she warns shop-top living does come with a price - like noise and light pollution.
"I haven't had a good night's sleep in two years and my health is suffering," she said.
The cleaning and garbage disposal trucks that pass her home up to eight times in the early hours drive her crazy.
"They start at 4am and it's just on and off. It's like the Second World War it's so noisy."
One of the reasons Susan moved to the CBD was to "citify" her 19-year-old daughter Leith. And it seems to have worked because Leith sleeps through the whole night.
Susan's lease is up and she is now searching for another CBD location, but this time situated further off the street.
Another CBD resident Aura-lea Withers warns that council needs to address the parking and garbage situation in the CBD before allowing more people to live there.
The 23-year-old said it bothered her that there were no recycling bins available at her apartment complex and she couldn't park on her own street without having to go and move her car every two hours due to parking restrictions.
"If you can't park where you live, it's not very appealing," she said.