New-look Woodlark Street opens
OPINION seemed divided yesterday on the new-look Woodlark Street as it was officially opened by Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell and Federal Member for Page Janelle Saffin.
Newsexpress owner Luke Scott was not thrilled at the length of time taken to do the renovations, saying his business had suffered.
“It was seven-and-a-half months worth of headache and $130,000 in lost revenue,” he said.
“It almost sent me broke and the street doesn't look any different from what it was.”
On the brighter side, Peter French, of Lismore Discount Drugstore, thought the renovations were beneficial for the street and hence the businesses.
“It has much better appeal and hopefully it will draw more customers,” he said.
“There are no longer any big gutters so this will make a great difference to the elderly.”
Cr Dowell paid tribute to the staff who worked on the upgrade and their sensitivity to the project.
“Lismore City Council staff took into account the needs of businesses,” she said.
“For that reason they avoided doing work during the busy Christmas period and often worked after hours and weekends.
“The job was done with great dignity.”
With $2.75 million of the money coming from the Federal Government's Infrastructure Program, Cr Dowell said much of the work was done underground.
“Most of the dollars you can't see, as the majority of work was in building the new bio-retention basins which are at the corners of the streets,” she said.
“What this will do is clean and treat the water run-off from the street before it flows back into the river.”
With her electoral officelocated in the Lismore CBD, Ms Saffin has seen first-hand every step of the Woodlark Street upgrade.
“It is good to see as it makes a difference to the CBD,” she said.
“The stimulus money did what it was designed to do.”
The plaque was unveiled and ribbon cut at 9.45am as the rain started to fall.
“We don't mind the rain,” Cr Dowell laughed.
“We need it to make the new plants in the street grow.”