Roadside stalls rule
Local farmer Bill Hutchinson has been selling his mandarins, avocadoes and other produce by the side of the road for years.
He has also been lobbying Lismore City Council for six years to regulate the practice because at the moment it is a bit of a grey area and Bill once found himself in receipt of a fine. Whereas in Byron and Richmond Valley Council areas the rules are clear.
Cr Gianpiero Battista put forward a motion for Council to prepare a policy, saying this is why he got into local government, to help people like Bill.
Lismore Council, along with Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Richmond Valley and Tweed have all signed up to the Northern Rivers Food Link – Securing a Sustainable Food Future project, which aims to increase access to fresh local produce, reducing transport costs and greenhouse gas emissions associated with food supply and distribution.
Cr Battista said roadside stalls were a perfect example of how Council could support these objectives and in the end all councillors agreed.