LISMORE ONE STEP CLOSER TO FLOOD FREE FUTURE
A major effort to reduce the flood risk facing businesses and residents in Lismore has begun with Member for Lismore Thomas George, Nationals Candidate for Lismore Austin Curtin and Lismore City Council (LCC) Mayor Isaac Smith turning the first sod on Lismore’s flood mitigation project.
In November last year NSW Deputy Premier, John Barilaro announced the NSW Government would provide $8.2 million to support the project, which will see the excavation of 410,000 cubic metres of soil, allowing water to flow from Leycester Creek behind the airport to re-enter the river system below the city.
Mr George said today’s sod turn marks a turning point for Lismore’s future.
“The March 2017 flood event was devastating for residents and the local economy. Since then I have been working with LCC, Rous County Council and the Lismore Citizen’s Review Group to identify projects which will help protect our community and reduce the risk moving forward.
“This excavation will allow businesses more time to pack up and evacuate if a similar flood happens again.” Mr George said.
Mr Curtin said this project shows business owners and families that the NSW Nationals are serious about giving them a future in Lismore.
“Many operators have told me their futures are uncertain in Lismore, if nothing is done to reduce the flood risk. The NSW Government has taken the politics out of flood mitigation by making sure this first stage of works is funded and started before the upcoming State Election.
“The soil removed from the flood plain will be relocated to create flood free industrial land. That will allow the opportunity for new businesses to come to town and create jobs for the region.” Mr Curtin said.
Lismore Mayor Isaac Smith said the $8.2 million project would be project managed by Public Works and would be complete by November 2020.
“This is a significant investment in our future as a regional city.
“Projects such as this help us build our credentials as a business hub for regional, state and national industry and enterprise,” Mr Smith said.