Councillors vote to cut CBD rates to support local businesses

Wednesday, 22 April

Lismore City Councillors last night voted to support inner-CBD businesses by cutting council rates by 20 per cent.

They also agreed to freeze future rate rises for these businesses until they fell into parity with other Lismore businesses.

“This is something Council has been working on for a long time, which has been made more urgent by the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected so many of our local businesses,” Mayor Isaac Smith said.

“This is not only great news for our CBD businesses, but also for the hundreds of local people they employ.

“It is crucial that Council and our community support our local businesses, particularly now, and I urge everyone to shop local whenever they can.”

The council voted to offset the costs against all rating categories, excluding farmland. The new rates will be effective from July 1 this year.

Council also decided to invest federal and state government bushfire recovery grants to upgrade the evacuation centres at Lismore and Nimbin showgrounds, widen some roads in Nimbin to allow better access for fire and rescue vehicles in case of emergencies and contribute to technology improvements at the Rural Fire Service headquarters, among other projects.

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