New group starts taking care of business

Members of the new Lismore Promotion Program Advisory Group (rear l-r) Alister Somerville, Cr Brian Henry, Michael Haddin, Andrew Tucker, David Martin and Jon Paterson, with (front l-r) Lexie Hurford, Geoff Gooch, Mark Willoughby, Michael Timbrell, Bill Sheaffe and Julie Dickson. Absent are Cr Graham Meineke and Ruth Povall.

Over the past few months Lismore City Council has been establishing a working group called the Lismore Promotion Program Advisory Group (LPPAG) to advise Council on how they should spend the special business levy called the SBRVL (Special Business Rate Variation Levy).

The new LPPAG replaces the former Lismore Unlimited Opportunities (LUO) as the levy managers and comprises members of the business community, representatives from the former LUO, members of Councils own Economic Development Unit and two councillors; Brian Henry and Graham Meineke.

The levy provides Council with over $190,000 per year to promote Lismore businesses and attract interest and investment into the area.

On Tuesday night Council signed off on the first three new projects proposed by the working group $6,000 for a quarterly newsletter, $10,000 toward staging the Warbirds over Lismore Airshow and another $2,500 to establish a Regional City strand in the forthcoming Local Government and Shires Association Tourism Conference.

Although the projects were adopted by Council, the issue stimulated vigorous debate. Cr Ros Irwin, whose husband is on the working group, argued that the money should be spent on a larger strategic plan rather than on events. Meanwhile, Cr John Chant believed the money should go toward staging 10 different events, such as rugby league fixtures and other sporting events, that would bring in people and money for the Lismore business community.


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