STATE Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin says the reopening of Lismore Square is a great example of how the city can ‘build back better’ from major flooding in February and March.
Ms Saffin says she is as excited as everyone else that Lismore Square will be back in business because it’s part and parcel of Lismore’s identity.
“Lismore Square traditionally has about 1000 local people working there and the old adage of jobs, jobs, jobs really applies here as we recover from the catastrophic disaster,” Ms Saffin says.
“I thank the McConaghy family, through McConaghy Properties CEO/Managing Director Gary McConaghy, for their long-term, ongoing support and for backing us.
“I also thank Lismore Square’s major tenants – Woolworths and BigW – for getting up and running in such a relatively quick timeframe.
“It’s a remarkable effort all round.
“We thank these companies and the growing number of specialty stores who are returning, for having the confidence to stick with us as well.
“A shout out to all the construction workers, tradies and other workers who have done a brilliant job.
“This reopening is a truly great example of ‘build back better’ and should be seen as an important milestone in re-energising our retail sector.”
RIBBON CUTTING: Lismore MP Janelle Saffin has the honour of cutting the ribbon, with, from left, Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan, McConaghy Properties CEO/Managing Director Gary McConaghy and Lismore Mayor Cr Steve Krieg.