Business Activation Plan
With the Business Activation Plan, Lismore City Council recognises important opportunities to renew Lismore and Nimbin as dynamic and flourishing business centres, celebrating our local community and enticing people here to the heart of the Northern Rivers.
Revitalising and promoting Lismore and Nimbin town centres 2021-2023
Please note that we are currently reviewing this Plan in the context of flood recovery, and you can find updates about the 2022 floods and business support here.
Or access full Plan here - Business Activation Plan
Council’s Economic Development Team, along with colleagues and stakeholders, are conscious of ongoing impacts of COVID-19, flood and bushfires, along with considerable social and economic changes that now drive growth and pressures across the region.
With the Business Activation Plan we seek to enhance shared spaces and experiences in our town centres, and to boost promotions and support opportunities that benefit local business, events and community members. We have developed this Plan for action with key stakeholders.
Guiding Special Business Rate Variation Levy expenditure in Lismore until June 2023, the Business Activation Plan also seeks to identify new funding and partnership opportunities for Nimbin and larger-scale activation projects.
Key Business Activation Plan documents currently include:
- 4-Page Business Activation Plan summary
- Business Activation Plan document
- Business Activation Plan Snapshot - January 2022
- Business Activation Plan appendix
and Budget snapshot
- Opportunities –
- Loving Local Gift Card program – local businesses are invited to sign up free, with more than 50 businesses now participating across Lismore. Find out more and register here for the Lismore pilot, which has been designed to support local shopping and businesses.
- Business Activation Microgrants - Please note that the closing date for the second round will be announced early 2020.
- Lismore Event Activation Sponsorship Guidelines
|Chairperson||Cr Peter Colby||Lismore City Council|
|Business and industry representatives||Anita Bellman||Executive Director, Northern Rivers Conservatorium|
|Matthew Healy||Owner, Daleys Homewares|
|Jodee Tichborne||Owner, Pot of Gold and Nimbin Aquarius Cafe|
|Rob Walker||Property Manager, Lismore Central Shopping Centre and Goonellabah Shopping Centre (Woolworths)|
|Business Chamber representatives||Ellen Kronen||President, Lismore Chamber of Commerce and Industry|
|Tasanna Fuller||Representative, Nimbin Chamber of Commerce|
|Innovation, entrepreneurship and education representative||Rhianna Poole||Partnership Officer, Southern Cross University|
|Lismore City Council||John Walker||General Manager|
|Kathryn Gray||CBD Activation Officer, Economic Development Team|
We look forward to sharing Business Activation promotions for Lismore and Nimbin, along with regular reporting, reflection, opportunities and updates.
If you would like to find out more about this Plan or how you can be involved, get in touch with Kathryn Gray from Council's Economic Development Team by calling 02 6625 0500 during business hours, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.