Northern Rivers Echo

Lismore Regional Airport is undergoing a $1.87 million upgrade thanks to $1.57 million funding through the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

The upgrade involves the installation of over 9000 metres of cabling and 120 new LED runway and taxiway lights and will be twice as bright.

As well as runway lighting, the upgrade includes new light-aircraft taxiways and a concrete helipad, better tourist information facilities and visitor amenities, more aircraft parking, new signage, road improvements, and better security and street-lighting.

It is also great to see progress on the new base for the Life Saver Rescue Helicopter next door.

Local organisations and groups are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to host events during 2017 NSW Seniors Festival.

The NSW Seniors Festival will be held from Friday 3 March to Sunday 12 March 2017. The NSW Seniors Festival Grants Program helps local councils and groups host events in their local communities during the Festival.

The NSW Seniors Festival is about recognition and celebration. It is a time when the community recognises and celebrates the incredible contribution older people make to our community.

Community groups can apply for up to $1,000 to deliver local events or activities, and local governments and larger community organisations can apply for grants ranging from $1,001 to $5,000 for larger events or activities.

The 2017 NSW Seniors Festival Grants Program will focus on events that are public, held in regional or remote areas, tailored to culturally and linguistically diverse and Aboriginal communities, and offer unique and engaging intergenerational activities.

Applications for the 2017 NSW Seniors Festival grants program will open on Thursday 4 August and close Friday 2 September 2016.

For more information or to submit an application, go

Individuals and community groups wanting to improve their local fish habitat are being encouraged to apply for a grant through the next funding round of the NSW Government’s Habitat Action Grants Program.

Large grants of up to $40,000 and small grants to kick-start a project of up to $2000 are available to fishing clubs, community groups, local councils and individuals wanting to improve fish habitat.

With over half a million dollars available statewide in this funding round, this is a great opportunity to improve fish habitats in our local creeks, rivers or estuaries, and encourage more fish as a result.

This program is another excellent example of how recreational fishing fees are helping to support a productive local fishery.

Applications close 30 September 2016.

For more information about the program, application forms and examples of past projects visit

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.