Lismore is the regional capital of New South Wales Northern
Rivers Region on the thriving Far North Coast. The region extends
from Casino in the south to Nimbin in the north and from Evans Head
to Byron Bay.
The city of Lismore generates one-third of the $1.5 billion Northern
Rivers economy. The city boasts a University, two top hospitals,
a large range of medical specialists, hundreds of interesting and
varied retail outlets and a huge array of industry. As the population
centres along the coast grow, Lismores future will depend
more and more on the districts ability to develop the area
as a centre for business.
The area has a proud rural tradition which began in forestry and
has since graduated to dairy and more recently the developing industries
of macadamia nuts, tea tree plantation and bush food production,
with developing industries in coffee and olive production. The city
of Lismore offers business people and investors high quality
infrastructure, close proximity to two of the eastern seaboards
most prosperous cities as well as a can-do approach.
Lismores location is ideal for developers and investors looking
for a new location for their business or industry. The bustling
city of Brisbane is under a three-hour journey from Lismore and
Sydney is about nine hours drive by car. Located on the Bruxner
Highway, Lismore is linked to these capitals by the New England
and Pacific Highways. Lismore Airport also offers a convenient link
for business travellers and tourists, with regular serviced to Sydney
offered by Regional Express Airlines (REX).
Lismores close proximity to some of the most protected and
beautiful beaches in NSW and ancient rainforests, state-of-the-art
sports facilities, an emerging café society, boutique shopping
areas, art galleries, performing arts spaces and companies colourful
weekend markets and public libraries add up to a city with a rich
and varied community culture.
FACTS (supplied by 2001 census data
Lismore City Council)
Urban Population 66.3% of people live in the urban
areas. Lismore is the largest urban population with 16,974 people.
Rural Population 4.3% of people live in villages.
Modanville is the largest village population with 467 people.
27.7% of people live in rural areas. The Southeast sector has the
highest rural population with 2,349 people.
Business The three largest industries by employment
are Norco/Agriculture, Southern Cross University/Education and Health/Hospitals.
The major industries employing people are Retail Trade with 2,901
(18.3%), followed by Health & Community Services with 2,325
(14.7%), Education with 1,667 (10.5%), Manufacturing with 1,369
(8.7%) and Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing with 1,182 (7.5%).
Older Persons 13.7% of the population (5,971 persons)
is over 65 years.
Youth 19.9% of the population is between 15 &
24 years of age.
Children 21.4% of the population is in the 0-14 year