Mayor gives thanks for multimillion-dollar flood works

Friday, 01 March

Mayor Isaac Smith has thanked Lismore MP Thomas George and the NSW Government for delivering on its promised $8.2 million for flood mitigation works.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian visited Lismore today to kick off work on Stage 1 of the Lismore Flood Mitigation Plan, which includes construction of a major flood channel behind the Lismore Airport.

Around 410,000 cubic metres of soil will be excavated to divert overflow from Leycester Creek around the airport. The overflow will re-enter the river system below the city, providing residents and businesses with more time to plan their evacuation in major flood events.

“We are thrilled to see work on this significant flood channel begin and thank the NSW Government for funding such a significant project. I welcome anything that can help Lismore families and businesses in times of flood,” the Mayor said.

“This project was endorsed by the Floodplain Management Committee and is part of a range of measures detailed in the Lismore Flood Mitigation Plan to help safeguard the community and increase disaster resilience.”

Mayor Smith said the $8.2 million project would boost business confidence and assist Council to attract and retain new business, particularly in the South Lismore Industrial Estate.

“We are working with the State Government to develop new initiatives to encourage enterprise and industry within and around this area – this helps boost our case for that business growth,” Mayor Smith said.

“This is a significant investment in our future as a regional city. Projects such as this help us build our credentials as a business hub for regional, state and national industry and enterprise.”

 

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