Lismore Square quits Lismore Business Panel

LISMORE Shopping Square has informed Lismore Council that it no longer wants a seat on the Lismore Business Panel.

The council recently made a number of changes to the make-up of the panel, (formerly known as the Lismore Business Promotional Panel), but had kept a permanent seat for the Square because it is the largest contributor to the Special Business Rate Variation Levy and represents a huge part of business activity in the city.

But Square general manager Rob Walker has informed Council he is unable to commit and council will vote on Tuesday on how to fill the vacancy.

"I need to be focused on this mammoth beast (the Square) for the time being. I've been considering my position on the panel and couldn't commit 100% to both, so the timing was good with the new panel coming in.

"I decided to resign my position from the panel and there is no-one from the Square really to step up," he said.

Mr Walker has been a strong advocate for the business panel and said he was "still 100% behind it".

"The panel still has my full support and I will still be involved from time to time," Mr Walker said.

He said he hasn't ruled out the possibility of coming back at a later stage.

The new structure of the Lismore Business Panel includes five representatives from the city centre (including one from the Chamber of Commerce and one from the Stella Network); two representatives from the outer Lismore area; one councillor (Cr Isaac Smith) and a non-voting member in Council's executive director of sustainable development, Brent McAlister.

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