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Community meetings to shape the future of Lismore: Look Ahead with Living Lab Northern Rivers

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Community meetings to shape the future of Lismore:  Look Ahead with Living Lab Northern Rivers

 

Living Lab Northern Rivers is inviting the Lismore community and beyond to actively participate in shaping the future of the Lismore CBD with its ‘Look Ahead: Community design for Lismore’ design process. The process combines expert design, planning, engineering, and architectural insights with the lived experiences and future visions of the local community.

To begin Living Lab Northern Rivers is hosting two community meetings to give people an opportunity to share their ideas, dreams and needs for the future of the Lismore CBD. The community meetings will be held on Thursday 15 February, 4:30pm and Saturday 17 February, 2pm at Lismore City Bowling Club and are open to anyone who lives, works, is serviced by or is interested in the Lismore CBD and surrounding neighbourhoods. Due to the capacity of the venue, Living Lab Northern Rivers is asking people to register for one of the community meetings via their website at www.llnr.com.au/lookahead.

Elizabeth Mossop, Academic Director at Living Lab Northern Rivers, expressed the uniqueness of this opportunity, stating, “We’re bringing the absolute best expertise in design, planning, engineering, and architecture from around the country and locally to Lismore to look at all the issues around designing and rebuilding a better, more resilient CBD. Their work will be underpinned by the lived experience and future visions of people living in the Lismore community. This is a rare opportunity to be part of an independent, community-led design process to transform the Lismore CBD.”

Look Ahead with Living Lab Northern Rivers

Look Ahead with Living Lab Northern Rivers

The panel includes many of Australia’s best urban design experts, some with family connections to the Northern Rivers region, including Nicole Gurran (University of Sydney), Ben Hendrix (Mecone), Sharon Wright (Hassell Studio), James Davidson (JDA), John Choi (CHROFI) and Jamie Simmonds (Water Technology). Together they’ll explore the ideas that come out of the first community meetings, developing them into specific scenarios that can guide Lismore’s future development. These scenarios will be shared at further community meetings in May.

Dan Etheridge, Engagement Director at Living Lab Northern Rivers, highlighted the urgency and necessity of envisioning the future of Lismore, stating, “It’s time to look ahead to the future Lismore with our eyes wide open. We know that there will be more big rains in the future and our rivers will swell and top their banks. We know that rebuilding our spaces and places the same way as we always have is not going to cut it anymore. But do we know what kind of place we want this to be 20, 40, 60 years from now? How do we steer towards greatness if we have not been able to really envision where it is we want to be?”

Living Lab Northern Rivers will be working independently of the Lismore City Council process (which will focus on the entire local government area). However, the outcomes of ‘Look Ahead’ will be an important piece of work for their consideration. Living Lab Northern Rivers’ job is to make sure all the high-level research that it brings to the table is underpinned by lived experience, specifically for the Lismore CBD and surrounding neighbourhoods.

Look Ahead: Community meetings

  • Hosted by Living Lab Northern Rivers
  • Thursday 15 February, 4.30pm—7.00pm
  • Saturday 17 Feb, 2.00pm —4.30pm
  • Lismore City Bowling Club, 171A Molesworth Street, Lismore.

Both meetings will be Auslan interpreted. Transport and onsite childcare is available. Participants should attend only one of these meetings, as they will be the same. For more info and to register for the meetings visit here.

 

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April School Holidays at Lismore Area Libraries

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April School Holidays at Lismore Area Libraries

April School Holidays at Lismore Area Libraries

Lismore Area Libraries are offering an extensive range of fantastic school holiday activities. April School Holidays at Lismore Area Libraries

As part of the 2024 Lismore Youth Week, we are offering:

Acting workshop with Neighbours star Madeleine West, for ages 12-24.

Film workshop with an award-winning writer-director, also for ages 12-24.

Locals aged 12-24 are encouraged to book for these free sessions here: https://lismore-events.bookable.net.au/

For younger ages, there are almost too many options. So why not just book in for the whole lot? Children are invited to:

Learn about ANZAC history and make some poppies to decorate our window.

Make a jar terrarium to take care of and watch grow over the holidays.

Use the extensive collection of Lego the library owns at two open play sessions.

And so much more craft, games and fun!

ALL events are FREE, but bookings are required. The full list of events can be viewed here: https://events.humanitix.com/tours/school-holiday-activities-at-lismore-area-libraries

 

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Lismore City Council’s Housing Grant program spurs growth in affordable housing

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Lismore City Council’s Housing Grant program spurs growth in affordable housing

 

Since its inception in July 2023, Lismore City Council’s Housing Grant initiative has garnered significant interest, with 28 applications received for the construction of new units and dwellings meeting the Affordable Housing criteria. This program, supported by a dedicated fund of $1.2 million, operates on a ‘first-come-first-serve’ basis, aiming to invigorate the development of affordable housing options within the community.

Under the Housing Grant program, eligible projects can receive $15,000 per new dwelling, spanning across six distinct categories:

  1. Secondary dwellings,
  2. First home buyers undertaking new construction,
  3. Relocation of flood-affected dwellings within Lismore LGA,
  4. Construction of new dwellings within Lismore LGA by recipients of a buyback from the NSW Reconstruction Authority,
  5. Housing built by Community Housing Providers (CHP) or Indigenous Community Housing Organisations (ICHO), and
  6. Multi-dwelling housing projects developed under agreements to be managed by a CHP for affordable rental purposes for a minimum of 15 years.

Eber Butron, Council’s Chief Community Officer, expressed optimism seeing individuals accessing the grants to bolster new housing endeavours. He emphasised the collaborative effort needed from all levels of government to combat the housing crisis, with Council leveraging funds from a Federal Government program earmarked for affordable housing initiatives.

Mr. Butron highlighted Council’s array of initiatives aimed at stimulating affordable and diverse housing options, including discounts and deferrals of developer contributions and a partnership with Landcom to develop over 50 dwellings on Council-owned land. He underscored Council’s commitment outlined in the Affordable and Diverse Housing Strategy adopted in 2023, which delineates actionable steps and collaborations to augment housing stock for underserved target groups.

The Federal Government’s Building Better Regional Cities program funds the Housing Grants, with 80 grants to be disbursed on a ‘first-come-first-serve’ basis until the allocated funds are fully utilised.

Interested parties can access a Fact Sheet outlining the program’s criteria and application process on Council’s website here.

 

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Lismore City Council Empowers Youth with Dynamic Workshops During 2024 Youth Week

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Lismore City Council Empowers Youth with Dynamic Workshops During 2024 Youth Week

 

Lismore City Council is fully engaged in the upcoming 2024 Youth Week, committed to fostering creativity and empowerment among our younger residents through an array of dynamic workshops.

Scheduled from Tuesday, April 16th to Saturday, April 20th, this year’s Youth Week boasts an inspiring lineup of activities tailored for individuals aged 12 to 24. Participants can anticipate a platform for self-expression, skill development, and meaningful connections with like-minded peers who share their passions.

The event offers a diverse range of workshops, each designed to unlock creativity and cultivate empowerment. From delving into the fundamentals of film writing and production to exploring the vibrant realm of digital art, storytelling, and natural crafts with renowned artists, there’s something for every young enthusiast. Notable artist Chris Lego will lead a captivating exploration of zines from around the globe, providing a unique avenue for artistic expression.

Mykaela Baillie, Lismore City Council’s Quad Placemaking Officer, emphasized the significance of this initiative in providing a supportive environment for youth to express themselves and contribute to their community. The overarching theme, “Express. Empower. Get loud!”, underscores the importance of celebrating individuality and fostering a sense of unity among young people across NSW.

Since its inception in 1989, Youth Week has evolved into a nationwide celebration, engaging thousands of young Australians annually. It serves as a platform for youth engagement and empowerment, offering opportunities for personal growth and community involvement.

The 2024 Youth Week program includes a variety of engaging workshops:

  • Quad Offsite: On Country Forest and Forage
    Location: Namabunda Farm, 112 Whites Avenue, Alstonville
    Date and Time: Tuesday, 16 April, 10am – 3pm
    Discover the wonders of our local ecosystem as you forage for native foods and fibres and participate in the restoration of Youngman Creek’s Big Scrub rainforest.
  • Collage Club
    Location:
    Goonellabah Library, 27 Oliver Avenue, Goonellabah
    Date and Time: Tuesday, 16 April, 2.30pm – 4.30pm
    The Collage Club is an ongoing community engagement and creative recovery program. It is a free, accessible program that enables the community to get together and enjoy the process of making collages in a supportive environment.
  • Quad Offsite: Jarjums on Paper
    Location:
    Amarina Aboriginal Artist Run Initiative, Shop 1/126 Molesworth Street, Lismore
    Date and Time: Wednesday, 17 April, 10am – 1pm
    Explore the rich world of digital art, storytelling, and natural crafts with renowned artists in a series of drop-in workshops.
  • Screenwriting and Film Workshop
    Location:
    Lismore Library Meeting Room, 44 Carrington Street, Lismore
    Date and Time: Wednesday, 17 April, 10am – 11am
    Dive into the basics of film writing and production, guided by an acclaimed filmmaker and writer.
  • Zine Making Workshop (2-day workshop)
    Location:
    Elevator ARI, 3 Rural Street, Lismore
    Dates: Thursday, 18 April and Saturday, 20 April, 1pm – 5pm
    Create and explore zines from around the globe with artist Chris Lego in this immersive two-day workshop.
  • Acting Workshop with Madeleine West
    Location:
    Goonellabah Library, 27 Oliver Avenue, Goonellabah
    Date and Time: Thursday, 18 April, 10am-11am

These workshops encompass a range of creative disciplines, providing participants with valuable skills and experiences. For further information on Lismore Youth Week activities, visit here.

 

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