Cr Isaac Smith is looking likely to be Lismore City's next mayor. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Cr Isaac Smith is looking likely to be Lismore City's next mayor. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

The past is key to future path

THERE is no such thing as new beginnings. As the old Santayana saying goes, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. Any beginning should consider where you have come from and what comes next.

Our first official council meeting is just days away and I am carefully considering the past and future direction of Lismore City Council. I will be moving a Mayoral Minute to begin the process of fixing the hospital parking situation. The needs of residents and staff deserves careful consideration, and thankfully we have had plenty of feedback. So I know we can move on with a solution.

In my eight years on the council I have been conscious of making decisions that did not adversely affect future councils. At no point have we borrowed large sums of money to fund pet projects. All our big spending had to tick two boxes for me. One was partnering with state or federal government to deliver the project. The other was the project had to deliver an economic benefit to future councils or small businesses. So this has been successful up to now.

When I look at the hospital precinct, I can see so much potential for our city. But some of that growth means residents will never be surrounded by quiet streets again. History must not repeat itself as we fix the parking and grow our biggest local asset.