Woodlark hard at work
DON’T always believe your eyes.
Despite wire fencing ringing Lismore’s Woodlark Street as it undergoes a $4.5 million makeover, the street is open for business.
That will be the message of a new television and print advertising campaign after some businesses suffered a 40 per cent fall in takings since the works began in December.
“We recognise that the works program has had an effect on trading in general and we want to provide some assistance at this point of time,” Lismore City Council’s executive director of infrastructure services, Garry Hemsworth, said.
The street was reopened to two-way traffic last week and Mr Hemsworth said the beautification program would be completed in early April, with plans for a large ‘street party’ already in the pipeline.
Woodlark Street business Toy Kingdom owner Carey Horner said trade along the street had slowed with many shoppers wrongly thinking the street was closed.
“We’ve done better than others because we are more of a destination store,” he said.
Across the road at the Cosmetic Shop owner David Hudson said his business had ‘absolutely suffered’.
After talking with nearby retailers he estimated businesses on the street, and into Molesworth Street, emp-loyed about 60 fewer casuals over the Christmas/January sales period.