Promoting Lismore business through branding, promotions and events

New members wanted for Lismore Business Panel

Lismore City Council is seeking nominations for five positions on the Lismore Business Panel (LBP), which oversees and advises on the activities of the Special Business Rate Variation Levy (SBRVL) Lismore Business Promotion Program.

The special business rate for the Lismore Business Promotion Program is levied annually on all business properties (i.e. retail, professional services, commercial or industrial) in the Lismore Urban Area. The Lismore Urban Area extends from the city limits as far east as Pineapple Road, Kyogle Road to the west, just past the Lismore Regional Airport terminal to the south and just past the SES building on Bangalow Road to the north. Fund contributors are businesses located in shopping centres as well as industrial estates.

To be eligible to nominate for the Lismore Business Panel, nominees must be property owners and/or the owners or managers of registered businesses in the Lismore Urban Area, directly or indirectly contributing to the special business rate for the Lismore Promotion Program. The five positions comprise three business representatives from within the defined City Centre Zone and two business representatives from the Outer Lismore Urban Area (South and East Lismore, North Lismore and Goonellabah) – one each from ‘A’ and ‘B’ geographic zones (see Maps 1 and 2 below). The current Lismore Business Plan encourages a professional services nominee.

Nominations will be referred to the Lismore Business Panel Selection Committee and be reported to the Council meeting on March 14 2017.

If you wish to be involved in this important initiative, please fill out an Expression of Interest (EOI) Form below. Please also take time to read the current Lismore Business Plan 2016-2018. EOIs must be received at the Corporate Centre by Friday, 3 February 2017. Nominations can be posted to PO Box 23A, Lismore 2480 or emailed to Should you require further information, please contact City Centre Manager Jason Mumford on 1300 87 83 87.

Lismore Business Panel Expression of Interest Form 2017

CBD Map  - Outer Lismore Urban Area (Zone A & B)

CBD Map - City Centre Zone


Lismore Business Promotion Program

Lismore Business Promotion Program is a partnership between business, Council and the community, funded by the Special Business Rate Variation Levy (SBRVL). The SBRVL is governed by the Lismore Business Panel and administered by Council. The purpose of the SBRVL Lismore Business Promotion Program funding is to boost our presence as a regional centre, with the revitalisation of the city centre identified as being the key to this objective.

The SBRVL is levied annually on all business properties in the Lismore Urban Area to fund the Lismore Promotion Program.

The Lismore Business Panel oversees and provides guidance to the City Centre Manager (CCM) who is employed to implement the business plan. The CCM is responsible for projects contained within the Lismore Business Promotion Program's Business Plan year-to-year and is also charged with carrying out the more strategic and long-term process of city centre revitalisation.

The Lismore Business Promotion Program is responsible for a comprehensive range of activities including:

  • Year-round advertising, marketing and promotions.
  • Coordination of major CBD events, markets, music, entertainment and activities in the city centre.
  • Placemaking and place management.
  • Effective use and dissemination of the 'Lismore – Come to the Heart' brand.

For information or to apply to use the Come to the Heart logo, please read the Lismore Come to the Heart Brand Procedure, visit the Come to the Heart website or contact the Lismore City Centre Manager on 1300 87 83 87.


Lismore Business Plan 2016-2018

The 2016-2018 Lismore Business Plan provides the strategic direction for Lismore Business Promotion under the responsibility of the City Centre Manager (CCM) for a two-year period from July 2016 until June 2017.

The primary objective of the plan is to improve and expand the Lismore City Centre revitalisation process and enable businesses in the CBD and Lismore Outer Urban Area to benefit from promotional activities contained in the Plan.

Program Vision: "Lismore is a welcoming hub for business, community and visitors alike. Our City Centre is integral to our economy, cultural aspects and community, and through a unified approach, Lismore will be a vibrant destination for everyone to enjoy.”

A key element of the Lismore Business Plan is to provide multiple opportunities for the Lismore Business Panel and the CCM to work with local business, Council departments and community organisations or individuals on joint initiatives to ensure cohesion and unity.

Lismore Business Plan 2016-2018