New Lismore Prospectus sells city's development and lifestyle potential

Tuesday, 10 April

Lismore City Council has launched its new guide to private and public investment and funding in the heart of the Northern Rivers – the 2018 Lismore Prospectus.

The new investment guide and accompanying promotional video presented by SBS sports analyst Craig Foster follows on the heels of the original Lismore Prospectus produced two and a half years ago.

The new publication details major projects and opportunities for investment in Lismore while also providing a snapshot of the lifestyle and culture that makes Lismore an attractive place for people to call home.

“We felt it was important to a produce a new prospectus in the wake of the flood anniversary and let the world know that Lismore is thriving and ‘open for business’, with solid prospects for future development and growth,” Mayor Isaac Smith said.

“The Lismore Prospectus details everything our city hopes to achieve in the next two decades – it is the document that needs to find its way to the desks of cabinet ministers in Canberra, senior civil servants in Macquarie Street and private investors throughout Australia.”

The Lismore Prospectus video featuring sports legend and former Lismore boy Craig Foster highlights many of the key aspects of the printed prospectus and will be used by Council’s Economic Development Manager Tina Irish as she ‘sells’ the city to business and commercial interests throughout the region and across the country.

Major projects included in the new Lismore Prospectus for potential investment by public or private partners are:

  • A $36 million major city centre redevelopment including a new library, office block, raised civic plaza and serviced apartments adjacent to the Lismore Regional Gallery and Quadrangle.
  • Lismore Regional Parkland – a two-stage, $15 million project representing the very best of contemporary urban park design with the potential to attract 400,000 visitors to Lismore each year.
  • The Bridge to Bridge project – a $20 million scheme to revitalise Lismore by establishing a ‘Southbank’ style precinct along both sides of the Wilsons River.
  • Major improvements to the North Coast National (Lismore Showground) valued at $50 million, including a major upgrade of infrastructure, a multipurpose exhibition, conference and entertainment complex, and a separate $25 million equestrian centre.

Featured throughout the pages of the new Lismore Prospectus are the ‘Lismore advocates’ – an eclectic group of local business people and figures from the arts, business, sport, the environment, LGBTQI and refugee communities who each tell, in their own words, what opportunities and strengths they believe the city possesses.

Lismore advocates include Professor Adam Shoemaker (Vice-Chancellor of Southern Cross University); North Coast Area Health Service CEO Wayne Jones; individuals from retail, business, manufacturing and professional services; high-profile sporting figures; members of our vibrant creative industries; and Maude Boat, Lismore’s favourite drag queen. Although now based in Los Angeles, local girl turned global entrepreneur Jodie Fox also readily agreed to be an advocate and roving goodwill ambassador for Lismore.

“The advocates’ stories show the wealth of talent that Lismore possesses,” Mayor Smith said.

“They illustrate the diversity of our city and provide fascinating case stories into our lifestyle and reinforce the ‘live + work + play’ aspect of the new Lismore Prospectus. We want to attract more people here so it is important to show them what fantastic facilities we have in Lismore.

“The new elements of the Lismore Prospectus provide key insights into the employment, education, sporting, cultural and community aspects of Lismore that can act as an enticement for people to move and settle here.

“The first Lismore Prospectus resulted in many positive outcomes for the city, and we anticipate the new publication will do the same.”

The Lismore Prospectus and video was launched on Monday evening by Craig Foster, Mayor Smith and Page MP Kevin Hogan to a capacity crowd at the Lismore Regional Gallery.

The Lismore Prospectus publication and video can be viewed on our Lismore Prospectus page.

Image: Soccer legend and Lismore boy Craig Foster is the face of the new Lismore Prospectus, which was launched at the Lismore Regional Gallery on Monday night.

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