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Lismore’s population forecast to grow by 14%

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Lismore’s population forecast to grow by 14%

The population of the Lismore Local Government Area is forecast to grow by 13.57 percent to 51,023 over the next two decades, according to research commissioned by Lismore City Council.

The research by respected demographic forecaster .id (Informed Decisions) predicts the LGA will experience annual growth of 0.6 percent to 2041, adding another 6000 people to the population.

This reverses the recent trend of a declining population.

The company has created small area forecasts for more than 130 councils across Australia and New Zealand, including Tweed, Kyogle, Clarence Valley, Ballina and Coffs Harbour.

Council’s Director of Partnerships, Planning & Engagement Eber Butron said Council commissioned the company so it could gain a greater understanding of population and demographic shifts to better deliver services to the community.

“One thing that stands out in this research is the importance of high-quality facilities like the Lismore Base Hospital and Southern Cross University, as well as our unique environment, as population drivers for Lismore LGA,” he said.

Lismore is predicted to need another 3105 dwellings to meet the population demand by 2041, however the type of housing is likely to change. Lone person households will continue to grow, increasing from 5218 in 2016 to over 6500 by 2041 which would be 30.4 percent of all households.

“As the average household size declines and the number of people living alone increases, Lismore will need smaller, medium-density development close to town and health services,” Mr Butron said.

One of the key drivers of this change is Lismore’s ageing population with the number of people in the 70 to 84-year-old age brackets predicted to increase by 2573 in the next decade.

The report found that Lismore has historically attracted residents from overseas, Sydney and the Mid North Coast, while losing some of its population to South-East Queensland. Within the Northern Rivers there is a net positive migration from Byron Bay and Kyogle and a loss of population to Ballina and Tweed.

Within the Northern Rivers, it predicts Lismore will have net positive migration with people moving to Lismore from Byron Bay, Kyogle, Clarence Valley and the mid-North Coast, with net negative migration to Ballina and Tweed.

Interestingly, .id found that while the Lismore LGA’s population had been declining since 2010, the number of Development Approvals for new residential blocks and dwellings has been increasing.

This has been driven by the increase in ‘greenfield’ developments in suburbs such as Goonellabah and more rural residential developments in Richmond Hill, Bexhill and Nimbin.

Mirroring other regional areas, the report found that in net terms Lismore attracts families with young children aged up to about 15 years old. Younger people then tend to move away for work and lifestyle reasons, then return from their late 20s before moving away again when they retire.

The full report can be accessed at https://forecast.id.com.au/lismore

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Soldiers to March into Lismore: Freedom of Entry Parade

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Soldiers to March into Lismore: Freedom of Entry Parade

 

Soldiers from the esteemed 41st Battalion, Royal New South Wales Regiment, based in Lismore, are set to perform a stirring Freedom of Entry Parade into the heart of the Lismore CBD on Saturday, June 22nd, 2024.

Led by the commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Danial Healy, the ceremonial parade will feature up to 200 soldiers from the Northern Rivers region, accompanied by a military marching band. The event will commence at 1:00 pm on Magellan Street, proceeding through the city streets before concluding at Memorial Gardens on Molesworth Street around 2:00 pm.

This symbolic procession will see the soldiers donning their full regalia, showcasing the esteemed traditions of the battalion. Superintendent Scott Tanner, the Richmond PD District commander, and Mayor of Lismore, Councillor Steve Krieg, will formally challenge the soldiers’ right of entry into the city as they halt along the route.

Lieutenant Colonel Healy emphasised the significance of exercising the battalion’s Freedom of Entry, underscoring the close ties between the soldiers and the local community. He highlighted the battalion’s pivotal role in the response to the 2022 floods, reaffirming their commitment to serving the community.

The Freedom of Entry Parade holds historical significance, rooted in military tradition and medieval history. It represents the highest honour bestowed upon the Australian Defence Force by a city, symbolizing the enduring bond between the military and the local community.

The parade not only serves as a ceremonial spectacle but also as an opportunity for the soldiers to deepen their connections with the City of Lismore. As a prelude to the lantern parade, this event promises to be a captivating display of unity and respect, commemorating the rich heritage of the 41st Battalion.

 

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Enter the 2024 Lismore Business Excellence Awards

 

The 2024 Lismore Business Excellence Awards are now open, inviting businesses within the 2480 postcode to showcase their achievements and contributions to the local economy.

Organised by Business Lismore, also known as the Lismore Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the awards aim to recognise and honour outstanding business achievements. These awards celebrate businesses that have persevered through challenges, embraced opportunities, and contributed to the growth and prosperity of Lismore.

Why Enter?

  • Recognition: Gain acknowledgment for your hard work and achievements.
    Networking: Connect with other business leaders.
    Promotion: Increase your business’s visibility.
    Validation: Validate your strategies and operations.

Categories

There are 23 award categories covering a wide range of industries, ensuring every type of business has the opportunity to be recognised. Categories include:

  • Retail and Personal Services
  • Trade, Construction & Manufacturing
  • Business & Professional Services
  • Health, Care & Wellness Industries
  • Agriculture & Primary Industries
  • Tourism, Recreation and Visitor Experience

Event Details

  • Date: 10 August 2024
  • Location: Lismore Turf Club

How to Enter

To enter, visit the Business Lismore website for application details and submission guidelines.

Final Thoughts

The Lismore Business Excellence Awards offer a platform for businesses to gain the recognition they deserve and contribute to the overall vibrancy and economic health of Lismore. Business Lismore encourages all eligible businesses, regardless of size, to participate and celebrate the collective success of the Lismore business community.

 

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Contractors Prioritise Environmental Protection in Restoration Project

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Contractors Prioritise Environmental Protection in Restoration Project

 

A flood restoration project on Rogerson Road, McKees Hill, took an unexpected turn when workers discovered a small colony of microbats living inside one of the stormwater drainage pipes slated for replacement.

The project, which involved replacing two large steel pipes with reinforced concrete pipes, revealed that at least half a dozen Southern Myotis Macropus, an intriguing bat species known for their fish-catching abilities, had taken refuge in one of the pipes.

Lismore City Council’s staff quickly recognised the need for sensitivity and patience, postponing the project until the two juvenile bats were mature enough to fly and relocate safely. This demonstrated the Council’s commitment to environmental protection and species conservation.

Alan Madden, Roads and Bridges Project Director for Flood Recovery at Lismore City Council, highlighted the importance of prioritising environmental considerations in all flood restoration projects.

“Temporarily halting construction to accommodate the microbats was an easy decision for us. We prioritise doing what’s right and ensuring the well-being of all creatures and the environment impacted by our work,” Madden stated.

The contractors, Rugendyke and Bashforths, showcased exceptional patience and collaboration, ensuring the best environmental outcome. Their adaptability and creativity in handling this unexpected challenge were commendable.

The project team used thermal imaging cameras to monitor the bats, confirming that the juveniles took flight just after sunset one May evening. Following this, the focus shifted to safely capturing and relocating the young bats to a nearby alternative roosting site.

To safeguard the bats, the project contractors sealed the hole in the steel pipe that served as their home and installed a timber bat box as an alternative roost. The bats quickly adapted to their new environment and are thriving.

Upon completion of the culvert work, plans are in place to relocate all bats, along with their bat box, into the newly installed concrete pipes, ensuring their continued safety and well-being.

This project underscores the importance of environmental protection in construction and highlights the efforts of Lismore City Council and its contractors in preserving local wildlife during essential infrastructure projects.

 

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