Lismore council meeting: flood recovery and, Blakebrook Quarry

Cathy Adams
Updated September 15 2022 - 9:03am, first published September 13 2022 - 6:10pm

This week's council meeting saw the election of Jeri Hall as the new deputy mayor, a move to take more leadership of the flood recovery, and debate over the Blakebrook Quarry.

Lismore council has held its September meeting.
Lismore council has held its September meeting.

In a step forward in the flood recovery, councillors committed to holding a roundtable public forum before the end of the year.

Councillor Peter Colby it was "most disturbing" that six months after the flood people were still looking for answers.

"We need to show leadership. There has been a lot of talk, the time has come to move forward," Cr Colby said.

General Manager John Walker said a workshop was already planned for October 15 that would help "reset the city for the future".

Councillors were also told NSW Public Works indicated it would soon retreat from managing the removal of flood waste in Lismore, a move the general manager said could cost the council $1 million a month.

Calls for a briefing to better understand issues facing the operation of the Blakebrook Quarry were unsuccessful.

However, in the confidential session, councillors voted to enter into a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding with a proponent who had made an unsolicited proposal with regards to a commercial operation - believed to be the quarry.

Cathy Adams

Cathy Adams

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