Lismore City Council has welcomed $500,000 funding from the NSW Government’s Streets as Shared Spaces grants scheme to improve community spaces in Nimbin.
Lismore Mayor, Steve Krieg said the funding would help to transform the streetscape of the Northern Rivers village.
“Nimbin attracts tens of thousands of visitors from around the globe every year and this project will make the village even more attractive and welcoming for locals and tourists,” he said.
“This investment is about enhancing accessibility for all our community, walkability, and importantly improving the safety of the pedestrian crossing on Cullen Street.”
Transport for NSW Executive Director Cities Revitalisation and Place, Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon says the department was committed to collaborating with Council and the local community throughout the project, to assist with its design, implementation and evaluation.
“The NSW Government is committed to helping these communities not only rebuild but thrive following the devastating floods,” Dr Butler-Bowdon said.
“These projects provide improvements to how we use our public spaces, support local economies and make our streets more attractive and welcoming. This project is one of many that will activate and re-imagine an under-utilised space and provide social, health and economic benefits for the local community.
“We’ve seen the strength and resilience shown by the people of Nimbin, and now it’s time to breathe new life into the town, which has long been a tourist hotspot.”
She said the Nimbin Village Wayfinder Project will deliver improved pedestrian mobility, safety and accessibility on Nimbin’s main thoroughfare, Cullen Street.
“This project will not only ensure better footpaths and improve the experience of pedestrians, but also enhance public spaces with a number of elements, including new greenery, seating and artwork by local artists,” Dr Butler-Bowdon said.
The project will start in December and be completed by March 2023.