New city centre manager certainly means business

PLANS: Lismore’s new city centre manager, Renee Moehead.
PLANS: Lismore’s new city centre manager, Renee Moehead. Liina Flynn

AS A woman in management, talking on challenges is nothing new for Lismore's new city centre manager Renee Moehead.

Renee once spent a year in the Middle East successfully running the Qatar Games in a predominantly male-dominated environment.

"After three months, I won them over," Renee said. "Once I had their trust, I got a lot of respect and we had a lovely rapport. I still have friends there and went back to help run the Arab Games in 2011."

For Renee, who was born in Lismore and was in the first group of women to graduate from St John's College Woodlawn in 2000, taking up the city centre manager role is a happy homecoming.

"This job is a great opportunity for me to showcase my skills and work with Lismore business owners and the public," Renee said.

This week, Renee met with the Lismore Business Promotion Panel and prepared to throw herself into her new role with some fresh ideas.

"I've spent years working in events organising, including eight years at the Sydney Opera House and I hope to take my experience from there to apply to my new job," Renee said.

"I'd like to bring a creative vibe into my home town and put on a New Year's Eve family event with an outdoor picnic, markets and food stalls."

Renee envisions a big screen showing fireworks with a live hook up to NYE events and fireworks in other cities. She also has visions of markets at Christmas and Easter.

"I want to showcase the tools and products of the area," Renee said. "There are so many niche cafes around and I think my outside connections can help with this.

"The challenges for me will be to make everybody happy and build a strong community through business partnerships, face-to-face collaborations and one-on-one relationships. I want people to feel free to approach me with ideas and talk to me about any problems they might have."

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