Council briefs

Sk8 park gets air

Lismore Council confirmed it will nominate a new Nimbin skate park as the recipient of the $449,000 federal government Regional and Community Infrastructure funding. A report to Council suggested that amount would be the “bare minimum costs for construction of such a facility” in Peace Park and should additional funds be needed, Council would be liable to provide it in their 2010/11 budget process.

There were some unresolved issues with the Nimbin Community Centre, which is the developer of the old skate park that has failed to meet noise regulation requirements. Diana Roberts from the Community Centre had asked Council to bear the cost of removing the old skate park because they could not afford to.

When Cr David Yarnall suggested there was a lot of community spirit and ingenuity in Nimbin that could surely find a way to remove it, Ms Roberts said there had been lots of ingenious suggestions including selling it on eBay and lifting it by helicopter and putting it somewhere else. Mayor Jenny Dowell has been authorised to negotiate with the Nimbin Community Centre to resolve any outstanding issues before the November 20 deadline when the application must be submitted. If outstanding issues are not able to be resolved then Council will instead nominate an expanded solar hot water heating system for the Goonellabah pool and an upgrade to Nesbitt Park as the alternative funding recipients.

Howzat?

A quarterly budget review statement has revealed that the Festival of Cricket cost Lismore $168,000. It suggested the dust storms and clashes with the Lismore Cup, Masters Games, SCU study week and HSC exams were the main reasons for the poorer than expected ticket sales. A full report is being prepared for the December meeting.

Think global, mow local

The contract to mow all of Council’s rural and urban parks has been awarded to the Gold Coast-based Grounds & Gardens for $105,828 per annum. The decision sparked some debate about how much weight should be put on the ‘local’ criteria when considering such tenders. Council executive director of infrastructure services, Garry Hemsworth, said the company had offered to employ local people and purchase equipment locally if they were given the contract and that could be made a condition. Cr Peter Graham also expressed his concern about how much lower the Grounds & Gardens tender was (the top tender was over $1 million) and wondered if they would still be in business in a year’s time.

Infastructure Services review

Lismore City Council will conduct a review of its infastructure services section after a successful motion was put forward by Cr Simon Clough. The review will examine value for money and environmental issues relating to the maintenance workshop and fleet, the appropriateness of Council’s plant and equipment for the work required, work practices, the role of outsourcing and the techniques and technology applied to road construction and maintenance. It will also include a review of its quarry activities.

Goal for Lismore Thistles

The Lismore Thistles Soccer Club will receive a $12,000 loan from Lismore Council to be paid back over three years to install a new environmentally-friendly irrigation system to water the playing field at the club. The Thistles had been successful in securing a $28,000 grant from the NSW Government’s Climate Change Fund but did not have the additional funding needed to complete the project. The loan was approved unanimously with Cr Simon Clough saying it “ticked all the boxes”.

Caravan Park for sale

Lismore Council will begin a process seeking expressions of interest for the sale or lease of Nimbin Caravan Park.


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