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Lismore is the ‘Heart of the Northern Rivers’ for obvious reasons.

As the regional city of northern NSW, we offer a huge depth and breadth of services including two major hospitals, Southern Cross University, TAFE NSW and thousands of dedicated professionals who service our city and smaller rural communities. We are also a regional sports centre with world-class facilities and a hotspot as an arts and cultural destination, all in the centre of a beautiful hinterland setting.

Like many regional cities, the nature of our CBD is changing. Despite the move away from more traditional retail businesses, we are experiencing a resurgence of live entertainment, arts, dining and café culture that is bringing new life into the heart of our city.

Building on our existing areas of competitive advantage, a strong agricultural economy, cultural and sporting powerhouse, growing professional services and river city lifestyle, Innovate Lismore 2024 defines the future direction for our city and villages to support business growth and job prosperity.

There is no other place quite like Lismore, Nimbin and its villages nestled amongst lush farmland in Widjabul Wiabal country. Our region is renowned for its pristine natural environment and sub- tropical temperatures that attract tens of thousands of tourists every year.

With such untapped potential, the heart of the Northern Rivers is the perfect place to do business, invest, grow a family and live a lifestyle many people can only dream about. I am excited about the future of Lismore and our diverse economy, people and environment.

Cr Vanessa Ekins
Mayor of Lismore


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