Promoting & activating our business centres

In the Heart public artwork in Lismore Laneways at night


With the Business Activation Plan, Lismore City Council recognises important opportunities to renew Lismore and Nimbin as dynamic and flourishing business centres, celebrating our local community and enticing people here to the heart of the Northern Rivers.

The plan aims to enhance shared spaces and experiences in the Lismore CBD and surrounding business centres, and to promote local businesses and events. It guides Special Business Rate Variation Levy (SBRVL) expenditure until June 2023, includes financial and in-kind assistance for events, activations and promotions in Lismore. 

Additionally, the plan aims to identify new funding and partnership opportunities for Nimbin, and for larger-scale activation projects.

The plan was developed by the Economic Development Team with key stakeholders. Financial control and auditing of the SBRVL funds are retained by Council. 

The Business Activation Plan is currently under review in the context of flood recovery and renewal. You can find out more and get involved in Lismore Business Renewal here.

Photo credit: Image above features ‘In The Heart’ public sculpture in Lismore Laneways by local artists Eden Crawford-Harriman and Holly Ahern, 2021.

Key documents

Key Business Activation Plan documents currently include:


  • Loving Local Gift Card program – local businesses are invited to sign up free. Find out more and register here for the Lismore pilot, which has been designed to support local shopping and businesses. 
  • Promoting Local Businesses - Share Your Story. Local businesses are invited to express interest in being part of upcoming marketing content and campaigns - complete this quick form.
  • Stay tuned for more updates and opportunities for getting involved with CBD activation and events.

The Business Activation Working Group is currently paused due to impacts of the 2022 disaster, and was guided by the Terms of Reference - Business Activation Group.