Lismore has been well imagined.
More than 400 citizens sent their dreams and visions for the city to Lismore City Council in response to its Imagine Lismore survey, which has been running for the past few months.
Beginning tonight (Thursday, August 2) a panel of 26 men and women of Lismore will form a 'citizens' jury', which will be guided through a discussion facilitated by independent community engagement expert, Dr Kath Fisher of The Channon.
The citizens' jury was randomly selected in accordance with the age, location and gender demographics for the Lismore LGA by an external recruitment company.
One of the jury members, Nora Vidler-Blanksby of Tregeagle, said she was "delighted" to have been selected.
"I love this community and I was just so thrilled to be invited to take part," Nora said.
"There is so much more we could do as a community if we all worked together towards some common goals."
Nora said she understood the jury would be given information about the Lismore LGA and would work together as a group to identify a vision in response to that information.
"It's such an exciting opportunity," she said.
The information given to the jury to consider for two and a half days will cover four bottom-line essentials: economy, environment, society and leadership.
Following their deliberations, they will present their findings at a public presentation at Invercauld House in Goonellabah on Saturday, August 4 at 3.15pm.
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