Lismore City Mayor Vanessa Ekins announced three projects that will be funded by a $2 million Federal Government grant, including the reconstruction of New Ballina Road, a shade cover over Heritage Park’s Waterplay area and an enhancement of the footpath along Keen Street.
“It is wonderful to let everyone know about these three projects that will help to improve our city for motorists, pedestrians and families,” she said.
“Council is dependent of government funding for many projects to improve the amenity of our city, so I would like to thank the Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan for his assistance to securing these grants.”
The projects are partly or fully funded under the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program.
Mayor Ekins said over the last few months, Council’s road crews have been busy upgrading New Ballina Road which is a primary collector road linking the CBD with Lismore Heights.
“This has been an ongoing project that is now nearly completion and we expect it to be completed by late November, weather permitting,” she said.
“It has been a huge job but most of the pavement has now been widened and our road crews are currently installing an 80m x 3m retaining wall and drainage culverts. The large retaining wall involved removing half of the existing pavement adjacent to the retaining wall up to 4m.”
Mayor Ekins said families would also benefit from the grant.
“When we recently upgraded the popular Heritage Park, we asked the community for suggestions on what else was needed. The answer that come back was shade cover over the waterplay area,” she said.
“Today, I am happy to announce that we are now in the planning and design stage and expect the shade cover to be installed early in the new year. I’m sure this will be welcomed by the many families who regularly use the park.
“I’m also happy to announce, Council is about to start consulting with the community about a $1.2 million upgrade to the footpath along Keen between Woodlark and Magellan Streets.
“While we don’t have the funds to do all we would like, it is certainly a good start and will help to beautify the streets of Lismore and benefit our local business community.”
Source: Lismore City Council