Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Questions Asked of Lismore Council

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Questions Asked of Lismore Council

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RE two very enlightening letters (NS 19/03) David Hudson and Barry Robinson.

Since Lismore City Council has been beautifying our streets we have lost 101 car parking spaces around the main block - about 20-25 per cent of main block parking.

When you reduce car parking close to where people shop a vast number of shoppers go elsewhere. Now Lismore council, in their wisdom, want to charge CBD ratepayers an extra levy even though there would be less people on the streets which relates to less people shopping.

An interesting comparison would be an exercise comparing Lismore and Ballina CBD rate charges.

Costs have also run over on recent Lismore council activities - the Memorial Baths, the Goonellabah Sports Complex and new server mains: Nearly $27 million not counting $4 million lost in sub prime investments.

What is the interest charge on this amount of money? Would Lismore council rate revenue cover interest charges?

Please, Lismore council, let us have some answers and then let us know why people who make decisions that cost ratepayers millions of dollars don't appear to be answerable to anyone. I can't imagine they would last long in private enterprise.

Police actions

TODAY I assisted several police in wasting more tax dollars in Nimbin. I was stopped by a policeman with a dog and was told that the dog was interested in me and did I have drugs on my person.

I politely told the policeman that his dog was mistaken and another policeman took me to the side and asked me to take off my hat and empty my pockets. I did as the policeman asked and proved my innocence.

It was my understanding that citizens of this great country are innocent until proven guilty, now I realise the truth and have very little respect left for the police of our little village.

I am 59 years old without any record of crime, yet I can be searched in the main street, in front of all of my peers. …

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