Safer Cities: Her Way – Lismore CBD safety project

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Lismore City Council’s goal is to make our CBD a better place to work, visit and connect where everyone feels safe. That’s why we’re excited to have been selected to be part of the Safer Cities: Her Way Program.

This collaborative partnership program between Transport for NSW and ten pilot councils across NSW, including Lismore, will deliver demonstration projects aimed at improving the real and perceived safety for women, girls and gender-diverse people when walking or moving to, through and within public spaces and transport hubs.


About the Project

The Lismore CBD project will be developed through co-design workshops with local women, girls and gender-diverse people designed to reflect local place identity and character. Through multiple engagement methods with the community this project will identify one precinct to develop, with the objectives of:

  • assisting women and girls to feel that their sense of safety is improved when using public spaces following the impacts of the pandemic
  • improving amenity, accessibility, walkability and safety for pedestrian and cyclist connections, day and night
  • providing a place for the community to gather, connect and feel welcome
  • strengthening the place identity, character and community value, along with providing diverse, inclusive, free welcoming uses
  • increasing local community stewardship and level of pride (attachment to place).

The project will be evaluated for its effectiveness and used to build the case for longer-term change across business centres throughout the Lismore Local Government Area.

Learn more about the Safer Cities Program and let’s work together to make Lismore CBD a better place to work, visit and connect!


You spoke, we listened!

Community engagement activities have been completed to identify the preferred sites for the program. These engagements included:

  • community surveys and face-to-face discussions around concerns experienced when moving through the CBD with women’s groups and community members. This identified areas of the CBD to be investigated further with ‘walkshops’.
  • 4 ‘walkshops’ through the CDB to collect data and feedback from women and girls on their safety concerns. This identified 5 sites in the CBD that felt most ‘unsafe’.
  • a collaborative Co-design workshop where more detailed feedback and suggestions for improvements on these 5 sites were gathered from community members.


Community members were actively engaged during the Co-design Workshop
Photo credit: Lismore City Council
Your input was reviewed against the objectives of the Safer Cities: Her Way Program. From this review, two sites were selected as the project sites and your suggested improvements (or trial interventions) were progressed to planning and design.


  • Site 1: Open (Unnamed) Laneway - Woodlark Street to Browns Creek Carpark
  • Site 2: Harold Fredericks Carpark

We’d love to hear what you think!

Some of the trial interventions you proposed for each site, and what they might look like, are listed below. They were chosen to improve feelings of safety in the area, create a more welcoming space, and to strengthen the identity, character and community value of Lismore’s CBD.

Provide your feedback on the Concept Designs by 28 August 2023.

Open (Unnamed) Laneway - Woodlark St to Browns Creek Carpark

  • Lighting – creative projections, footpath lighting, catenary lighting

➡ This might look like a wired lighting and plant system netted between the buildings adjoining the laneway.

  • Reflective artwork on pole or building

➡ This might look like a pole with multiple convex mirrors installed on it in a sculptural manner.

  • Changeable public gallery exhibits to be mounted on building wall

➡ This might look like three steel plates fixed to a wall that allows interchangeable artwork to be displayed.

  • Surface paint application along laneway surface and walls (cultural artistic elements)

➡ The delivery of temporary artwork along a wall or walls and laneway surface.

  • Wayfinding Signage
➡ This might look like an informational sign placed at the entrance and exit of the laneway, with distances to the CBD’s points of interest.

Click here to see the Concept Design and leave your feedback.


Harold Fredericks Carpark

  • Lighting – mood lighting, uplighting, footpath lighting

➡ This might look like fairy lights in selected trees along the perimeter, ground-based spotlights directed up into the large fig tree, pole lights with CCTV and illuminated safety bollards.

  • Improvements to accessibility and safety in the foot traffic zones

➡ This might look like a raised footpath from Dawson St through the carpark to the Quad, with surface paint application (cultural artistic elements).

➡ It may also include artistic / sculptural fencing around the beautiful fig tree.

  • Installation of a kerb ramp from the carpark to the Quad footpath

➡ Disability access ramp with additional tactile markers.

  • Wayfinding Signage

➡ This might look like informational signs placed at entrances and exits to carpark, with distances to the CBD’s points of interest.

  • Shared zone

➡ This might look like a shared zone signage throughout entire carpark to provide pedestrians with right of way.

Click here to see the Concept Design and leave your feedback.



Next steps

Your feedback on these concept plans will be provided to our designer Consultants who will develop the final plans and progress the project.


Photo credit: Destination NSW

Lismore City Council’s goal is to make our CBD a better place to work, visit and connect where everyone feels safe. That’s why we’re excited to have been selected to be part of the Safer Cities: Her Way Program.

This collaborative partnership program between Transport for NSW and ten pilot councils across NSW, including Lismore, will deliver demonstration projects aimed at improving the real and perceived safety for women, girls and gender-diverse people when walking or moving to, through and within public spaces and transport hubs.


About the Project

The Lismore CBD project will be developed through co-design workshops with local women, girls and gender-diverse people designed to reflect local place identity and character. Through multiple engagement methods with the community this project will identify one precinct to develop, with the objectives of:

  • assisting women and girls to feel that their sense of safety is improved when using public spaces following the impacts of the pandemic
  • improving amenity, accessibility, walkability and safety for pedestrian and cyclist connections, day and night
  • providing a place for the community to gather, connect and feel welcome
  • strengthening the place identity, character and community value, along with providing diverse, inclusive, free welcoming uses
  • increasing local community stewardship and level of pride (attachment to place).

The project will be evaluated for its effectiveness and used to build the case for longer-term change across business centres throughout the Lismore Local Government Area.

Learn more about the Safer Cities Program and let’s work together to make Lismore CBD a better place to work, visit and connect!


You spoke, we listened!

Community engagement activities have been completed to identify the preferred sites for the program. These engagements included:

  • community surveys and face-to-face discussions around concerns experienced when moving through the CBD with women’s groups and community members. This identified areas of the CBD to be investigated further with ‘walkshops’.
  • 4 ‘walkshops’ through the CDB to collect data and feedback from women and girls on their safety concerns. This identified 5 sites in the CBD that felt most ‘unsafe’.
  • a collaborative Co-design workshop where more detailed feedback and suggestions for improvements on these 5 sites were gathered from community members.


Community members were actively engaged during the Co-design Workshop
Photo credit: Lismore City Council
Your input was reviewed against the objectives of the Safer Cities: Her Way Program. From this review, two sites were selected as the project sites and your suggested improvements (or trial interventions) were progressed to planning and design.


  • Site 1: Open (Unnamed) Laneway - Woodlark Street to Browns Creek Carpark
  • Site 2: Harold Fredericks Carpark

We’d love to hear what you think!

Some of the trial interventions you proposed for each site, and what they might look like, are listed below. They were chosen to improve feelings of safety in the area, create a more welcoming space, and to strengthen the identity, character and community value of Lismore’s CBD.

Provide your feedback on the Concept Designs by 28 August 2023.

Open (Unnamed) Laneway - Woodlark St to Browns Creek Carpark

  • Lighting – creative projections, footpath lighting, catenary lighting

➡ This might look like a wired lighting and plant system netted between the buildings adjoining the laneway.

  • Reflective artwork on pole or building

➡ This might look like a pole with multiple convex mirrors installed on it in a sculptural manner.

  • Changeable public gallery exhibits to be mounted on building wall

➡ This might look like three steel plates fixed to a wall that allows interchangeable artwork to be displayed.

  • Surface paint application along laneway surface and walls (cultural artistic elements)

➡ The delivery of temporary artwork along a wall or walls and laneway surface.

  • Wayfinding Signage
➡ This might look like an informational sign placed at the entrance and exit of the laneway, with distances to the CBD’s points of interest.

Click here to see the Concept Design and leave your feedback.


Harold Fredericks Carpark

  • Lighting – mood lighting, uplighting, footpath lighting

➡ This might look like fairy lights in selected trees along the perimeter, ground-based spotlights directed up into the large fig tree, pole lights with CCTV and illuminated safety bollards.

  • Improvements to accessibility and safety in the foot traffic zones

➡ This might look like a raised footpath from Dawson St through the carpark to the Quad, with surface paint application (cultural artistic elements).

➡ It may also include artistic / sculptural fencing around the beautiful fig tree.

  • Installation of a kerb ramp from the carpark to the Quad footpath

➡ Disability access ramp with additional tactile markers.

  • Wayfinding Signage

➡ This might look like informational signs placed at entrances and exits to carpark, with distances to the CBD’s points of interest.

  • Shared zone

➡ This might look like a shared zone signage throughout entire carpark to provide pedestrians with right of way.

Click here to see the Concept Design and leave your feedback.



Next steps

Your feedback on these concept plans will be provided to our designer Consultants who will develop the final plans and progress the project.


Photo credit: Destination NSW

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    Lismore City Council aims to make Lismore CBD a better place to work, visit and connect where everyone feels safe.

    Your feedback will help us to better understand the experiences that affect your sense of safety in and around Lismore CBD’s public spaces and transport hubs.

    Community input will help us deliver better infrastructure, amenities, design and activations to help improve our community’s sense of safety.

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