Lismore Council Tightens Budget


The Lismore Mayor says councillors need to show some backbone when considering a raft of cost-cutting measures.

Jenny Dowell says the aim is to reduce spending by about a million dollars a year over the next decade.

Among the measures proposed are the closure of the council’s CBD office and the Goonellabah Branch Library, and closing the Lismore Library on Sundays.

Cr Dowell says the money saved would be put towards maintining roads, sewerage and other assets.

“There are lots of things in that list that I wish we weren’t doing, but we have to,” she said.

“This is about being a responsible manager of Lismore City Council, and sometimes that means making really tough decisions.

“Up until now we’ve avoided tackling these really big issues, and it’s time for all councillors to have some backbone and really make these tough decisions.

“Our roads in particular, but also our water supply infrastructure need major injections of funding, or they will in the foreseeable future.

“We must start putting aside money for that, just like people put aside money to repaint their houses.

“We have to be doing that and looking after the long-term value of our assets too.”
Source: ABC News

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