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Lismore’s population forecast to grow by 14%

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Lismore's population forecast to grow by 14%

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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Lismore Lantern Parade

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Lismore Lantern Parade

Story by Lara Leahy

Lismore Lantern Parade is back in the CBD and is bigger than ever! This year’s celebration will include some old favourites, and some new aspects to the festivities, not only for Lismore, but for the surrounding communities with the theme, “Our Healing Hearts”.

Despite this year’s double dose of floods, Lismore lanterns will shine brightly once more on Saturday June 25th. After 2019’s celebration of the 25th silver jubilee event, the parade went “off track” with 2020’s Covid affected, isolated mini parades, and 2021 covid friendly event in the showgrounds. As they had always planned, the organisers are “glad to be back” in the CBD. LightUp Inc was inundated in the floods earlier this year however many fan favourites were saved or salvaged and will shine once more, amongst new creations.

The Market deLight begins at midday in Carrington and Magellan streets. Summerland Credit Union has sponsored KidsFest and provided 500 lanterns for schools and children that are flood affected. They are invited to make a lantern to join the parade.

The Heartbeats Stage will be set up in Carrington Street (outside Dragonfly) where music entertainment will resound. Little Jarjums opens the event with their Acknowledgement of Country, local talent will be playing all day, finishing with the Cuban dance band, Caribe to swing you into dance action at the end of the night.

On the corner of Magellan and Keen St, Commonwealth Bank Australia are hosting Sports in the Heart – a Cricket Clinic. Cricket NSW will be holding “Netting Sessions” to give kids (of all ages), bowling and batting hints until about 4.30pm. With sports fields still recovering, CommBank wanted to “give people an opportunity to play some sport, while picking up some tips.”

As the light starts to fade, pull your hats and cloaks on, and watch out for the Lantern Parade to begin (around 5.30pm). Look out for old favourites and new, including a Brigade of Tinnies – A salute to the volunteer organisations that play so much of a role in keeping the region safe.

Also, watch for the Procession of the North and South where communities from areas surrounding Lismore are embraced after “their journey of survival and loss this year”.

In store for the Fiery Finale year will be the bonfire, heart-warming food, some gentle fireworks (no big boomers or screamers) as well as some special events. A ceremony to “begin to make peace with the river and healing ourselves and the land in which we live”.

The details of which are being held close, but it will include a couple of special messages for the people.

Jyllie Jackson, Lismore Lantern Parade’s coordinator received an Order of Australia medal on Australia day earlier this year. Jyllie sees the award “as symbolic and goes to everyone that has made the lantern festival what it is.” Jyllie has also received a message from the Governor General (who is unable to attend) and will reveal it at this ceremony.

The parade leaves from the Library along Magellan St and turns left into Molesworth St, winds its way down Victoria St to the levee where the Fiery FInale will take place. Maps will be made available on socials and the Lismore Lantern Parade website, closer to the event.
The event will wrap up at about 8.30pm, but local venues are planning to be up and running to host after parties.
Due to the fireworks, pets are asked to be left at home.
The event coordinators request that you consider the Covid risk and wear a mask.

 

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REGIONAL WORKSHOPS FOR ABORIGINAL STAKEHOLDERS

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REGIONAL WORKSHOPS FOR ABORIGINAL STAKEHOLDERS

North Coast Local Land Services invites Aboriginal stakeholders to a series of workshops to talk about how we can help you and your community and guide the development of our local Aboriginal Engagement Strategy.

Kira Duroux, Coordinator Aboriginal Programs and Community Engagement, said ‘We’re looking forward to speaking to our Aboriginal stakeholders so we can learn more about the needs and aspirations of the Aboriginal community.”

“This feedback will help us develop our engagement strategy, but it will also help us to find opportunities to partner with Aboriginal Stakeholders to deliver projects across the region”, said Ms Duroux.

Aboriginal community members, Native Title Holders and Claimants, Local Aboriginal land Councils, Aboriginal organisations and services, and relevant agencies supporting Aboriginal stakeholders are all invited to participate.

The dates for the workshops are:

  • Tuesday 5 April 2022 at the Clarence Valley Aboriginal Healing Centre in Grafton
  • Wednesday 6 April 2022 at the Macksville Ex-Services Club in Macksville
  • Thursday 7 April 2022 at the Port Macquarie Golf Club’
  • Monday 16 May 2022 at Summerland Farm in Alstonville (Delayed date due to flood recovery)

Each workshop runs from 9:30am to 1:30pm. Places are limited due to venue capacity.

Registrations are essential and close COB Monday 28 March 2022.

To register and for more information, please contact Lisa Wellman via email on lisa.wellman@lls.nsw.gov.au or mobile 0427 337 471.

Note: Relevant Covid 19 restrictions may apply subject to required NSW Health and Department Policy. Attendees are required to comply with current COVID-19 protocols and must be fully vaccinated.

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STREETSIDE MEDICS SENDING MEDICAL VAN TO LISMORE CONSULTING SPACE FOR LOCAL GP’S TO SEE PATIENTS IN NEED OF MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

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STREETSIDE MEDICS SENDING MEDICAL VAN TO LISMORE
CONSULTING SPACE FOR LOCAL GP’S TO SEE PATIENTS IN NEED OF MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

Streetside Medics, the mobile medical service founded by 2022 Young Australian of the Year Dr Daniel Nour to provide free health and medical care to the homeless, is delivering one of it’s medical vans to Lismore today, Friday 11 March.

From 10:00am Saturday 12 March, the van will be operational as a temporary hub for local GPs whose facilities have been impacted by the floods to consult with patients in need of care (eg prescription consultation, ongoing health issue consultation, minor injury consultation and more).

Media interviews with Dr Daniel Nour are available at the van in Lismore 10:00am – 12:00pm Saturday 12 March.

The van will be located outside The Lismore Clinic, 185 Molesworth St, Lismore.

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