Council Briefs

A cleaner sweep

Lismore City Council will investigate the cost of improving the appearance of the footpaths in the CBD after Cr Peter Graham moved a successful motion at Tuesday’s meeting.

“Over the last few years we’ve spent a lot of money upgrading the CBD, that’s created an atmosphere to allow people a more pristine area to shop, but in the last 18 months I’ve heard a lot of comments that it’s nicer to go to the Square,” Cr Graham said. “The issue is the cleanliness, the presentation of footpaths in our CBD.

“Kyogle Council has had for some time a regular scrubbing of their concrete, there’s a machine we can look at to replace our sweeper with a sweeper-scrubber.

“It’s more pristine, for an insignificant amount, for no more labour costs, but there’s more to it than just a scrubbing unit, there’s the potential to put pavers down, add a bit of colour, a bit of life – use it as an opportunity to display art.

“There’s no reason why art couldn’t be put on our footpaths, I think the CBD deserves an upgrade and a facelift.”

Council cleanly agreed and voted unanimously for a cleaner sweep.

 

Less time for more people

More people will be allowed to speak in the public access session at Lismore City Council after Cr David Yarnall moved a motion that slots be limited to five minutes.

Previous to Tuesday’s meeting there had been a cap of eight speakers, and only one for and one against on any one single topic.

Cr Yarnall said, after the December meeting when the proposed Margaret Olley Arts Centre was discussed, he had received complaints from members of the public that they felt they had been restricted from participating in the democratic process.

“It’s up to us as councillors to make sure the process is right,” Cr Yarnall said. “Let’s hope we do get a conga line, let’s face it, not that many people pay attention to what goes on in Council, so this might mean maybe 10, 15, 20 minutes extra, to make the process more democratic and transparent. In honour of one of our regular attendees, I’d like to call this the Wilson amendment.”

Despite some councillors expressing misgivings about the length of meetings in the end they voted 7-3 (Crs John Chant, Neil Marks and Peter Graham against; Cr Gianpiero Battista absent) for more talk and hopefully more action.

 

Caravans on the move

Lismore City Council will investigate moving the tourist caravan park from Dawson Street, after Cr Simon Clough moved a successful motion at Tuesday’s meeting.

The motion had previously been passed unanimously by the Floodplain management committee on December 16, 2009.

Cr Clough said the Far North Coast report into the flood of May 2008 had said it was “highly likely” that there would be further incidents putting the residents of the caravan park at risk if nothing were done.

“The whole of the Lismore Flood Plain Strategy is predicated on that area being inundated. In a flood that area is the first to go, it’s designed that way,” Cr Clough said.

Council voted 8-2 (Crs John Chant and Peter Graham against; Cr Gianpiero Battista absent) to see if they can hitch up the vans.


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