Business Activation Plan

Revitalising and promoting Lismore and Nimbin town centres 2021-2023 

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.

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.

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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

The Business Activation Working Group is guided by the Terms of Reference -  Business Activation Group document.
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