Member for Lismore Thomas George today announced $268,956 in funding to begin work on the first stage of an international standard mountain bike facility at Lismore, through round two of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.

The grant will fund 10 kilometers of mountain bike trails, trail head and way finding signage at Southern Cross University marking the first stage of a planned 60 kilometer trail.

Mr George said the project will not only increase the profile of mountain biking in northern NSW but also boost the region’s economy.

“This project, born out of collaboration between Lismore City Council, Southern Cross University and local mountain bike groups will allow Lismore to host state, national and international mountain bike events once complete.

“With a focus on cross country and endurance style competition, the trails will be open to the public, offering great health benefits and new sporting opportunities right on the city’s door step,” he said.

Efforts have been taken in the planning stage to ensure the facility meets international race standards, allowing the trail to be promoted around the globe.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the roll out of the second round projects takes Stronger Country Communities funding to $300 million.

“I congratulate Lismore City Council and look forward to the local sports and community facility improvements that will make the region an even more attractive place to work and raise a family,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The $300 million Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $1.6 billion Regional Growth Fund that is employing local tradies, putting local suppliers to work and providing the right environment to operate regional businesses,” he said.

For more information, please visit: www.nsw.gov.au/strongercountrycommunities.

PHOTO: Cameron Arnold – Southern Cross University, Thomas George – Member for Lismore, Tony Duffy – Lismore City Council, Chris Irish – Richmond River Riders

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: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.