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health

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Headquartered in Lismore and with a staff of 3,600, the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) covers an area of 20,732 square kilometres and provides health services to an estimated population of 288,241. The NNSWLHD manages 11 hospital facilities; by far the largest is the Lismore Base Hospital which (along with related health services situated around the complex) employs 985 people. (more)

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higher education

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The Lismore campus offers dynamic courses that respond to community and industry needs. Disciplines include health, business and tourism, music and creative arts, social sciences, law, education, science, engineering and Indigenous Knowledge. (more)

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business

On the retail and commercial front, Lismore is an exceptional place to do business. Many enterprises in the city have leveraged the benefits of being based in Lismore to carry out successful business in regional, national and international markets whilst being able to take advantage of the life-style opportunities the area offers. (more)

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professional services

Lismore has the greatest number and widest range of professional service providers in the region and is home to major state and federal governmental institutions such as health, justice and community services. (more)

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real estate

According to a May 2017 report by the local branch of national property valuers Herron Todd White, the Lismore region experienced a marked increase in sale prices over the preceding year, with high demand for quality housing stock. Agents in the city told of well-presented houses being sold within days – and sometimes hours - of hitting the market. (more)

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creative industries

The Northern Rivers region has the highest number of creative workers outside metropolitan Sydney and the greatest concentration of these is to be found in Lismore. The city is home to visual artists in every discipline, musicians, designers, writers, photographers, film makers and new media specialists. (more)

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tourism

In 2017/18 the Lismore LGA hosted 861,400 visitors contributong $155.7 million to the local economy (TRA NVS & IVS, 2017/18), with over 1000 people employed in the sector across the LGA. (more)

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agriculture

Agriculture, forestry and fishing contributed $153m to the Lismore Economy in 2016 – an increase of 15% since 2013. Traditional agricultural industries, such as timber and wood products, sugarcane, dairying and cattle farming remain important sources of wealth for the LGA. This wealth is being augmented by well-established industries such as coffee, tea tree and nuts, plus berry and stone fruit of every kind. Lismore is the headquarters of the Australian macadamia and blueberry industries. The demand for rural property remains high in the area.

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residential development

Lismore’s population is projected to increase by 5,000 people over the next two decades, with attendant benefits for the city’s growth. Lismore City Council has zoned land for residential, commercial and industrial use sufficient to match anticipated growth in key housing, health, education and business sectors until 2035.

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rural residential blocks

Lismore has more large rural ‘lifestyle’ housing lots available at more competitive prices than neighboring coastal LGAs such as Byron Bay and Ballina.

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social services

Lismore has a large number of organisations and groups which manage a wide range of social assistance programs including the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the city, throughout the Northern Rivers and further afield. Among these are Social Futures (the Northern Rivers Social Development Council), Interrelate Family Counselling, Mission Australia, Lifeline, the Family Support Network and HART (Home Assistance and Regional Services). Combined State and Federal funding for the Health and Social Assistance sectors in Lismore in 2016 was $488m.

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