Last hurdle for reclassification

A public hearing on Wednesday, January 31, may be the last hurdle before Lismore City Council reclassifies part of Lismore Park from community land to operational land, allowing for longer-term leases for operators of facilities there.

The move has provoked concern from some sectors of the community because the reclassification would also enable the land to be sold.

The hearing, to be held at council chambers in Oliver Avenue, Goonellabah, from 5pm, will also deal with the draft Lismore Park Plan of Management and the reclassification of other council-owned lands such as Riverview Park in South Lismore, Greenhills Park, Goonellabah and the land occupied by the Lismore Workers Sports Club.

Council strategic planner Bruce Blackford said the reason for the reclassification was so council could negotiate long-term leases over facilities (such as catering) to provide leaseholders with more surety instead of the normal five-year leases.

Mr Blackford said other land, such as the land leased for 99 years by the Lismore Workers and Sports Club, could be sold off once reclassified.

The hearing will be chaired by Rob Van Iersel, a town planner with Lennox Head-based consultants Geolink.

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