Keen Street footpath project postponed

Thursday, 20 December

The Keen Street footpath project will no longer go ahead in early January 2019.

Lismore City Council was forced to postpone the project, which was due to start on 7 January, due to a lack of critical information from Telstra.

The $1.3 million project was to include the reconstruction of both sides of Keen Street in the CBD, including the laying of NBN fibre-optic cable and new Telstra pits.

This is not the first time the project has been called off due to uncertainty from Telstra around scope and costs, which is essential information in order for construction to take place.

“We are very disappointed to once again have to postpone this project – we apologise to our CBD businesses,” Assets Manager Scott Turner said.

“We are frustrated by the lack of clear communication with Telstra and despite assurances we would have the information we needed in plenty of time, this has not been the case.

“Without correct information, we simply cannot proceed. This is the second time we have been forced to cancel this project to a lack of action on Telstra’s behalf.”

A report will be presented to the February 2019 Council meeting on future options for the project.

“For now, CBD businesses can get on with trading and doing what they do best,” Scott said.

“We hope all our CBD retailers are enjoying a busy and prosperous Christmas season and can now start the new year without any worries about how construction may disrupt trade.”

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