How many roads?
Our generation has been fortunate to enjoy living in an area that supports biodiversity and environmental sustainability as well as the arts. They are hugely important legacies to leave to our children and grandchildren.
That’s why an environmental levy is urgently needed to fund the many environmental projects that are currently only on a wish list because we can’t afford them under existing funding and budget arrangements. So this is our big chance to resource some extremely important environmental programs. This levy will provide LCC with the opportunity to leverage other funds from state and federal governments, thereby increasing the funds available when used in a dollar for dollar funding contribution scheme.
An environmental levy will mean we can prepare a biodiversity strategy, fund environmental projects, and resource environmental/conservation/
restoration work in the Lismore area, works that are high on the agenda to ensure that Lismore does not become an ecological void.
Nor do we want Lismore to become a cultural void. The Margaret Olley Arts Centre will put the heart back into Lismore and help Lismore to regain its rightful place as the economic hub of the Northern Rivers as it will provide a much needed boost to our downtown precinct. The funding that is currently available from the federal government and Southern Cross University should not be dismissed in such a cavalier fashion by some of our councillors. We all need to dig a bit deeper to ensure funding is available to ensure that Lismore remains as the heart of this vibrant creative region.
Yes, our roads aren’t the best, but they do get you where you need to go. As petrol prices continue to rise, it may not be better roads we need but better public transport options
Lynne & Jim De Weaver