STRONGER COUNTRY COMMUNITIES FUND SUPPORTS JOBS AND DEVELOPMENT IN LISMORE
Member for Lismore Thomas George today announced $1,889,845 in funding to breathe new life into community and local sporting facilities across Lismore through round two of the NSW Government's Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF).
Lismore City Council secured NSW Government funding for ten projects, which include upgrades to playgrounds, sporting and community facilities as well as the construction of brand new facilities including Stage 1.1 of the International Standard Mountain Bike Facility.
Mr George said this significant investment will make Lismore more attractive as a destination, while also build on the work the NSW Government and Lismore City Council has already done to develop city as a Regional Sports Hub.
"This round of the SCCF there has been an effort to bring Lismore's pre-existing facilities up to national standards like upgrades to Lismore Basketball Stadium, renovations to the Italo Stars Football Ground and major works at the Lismore netball courts.
This means a total of $1,889,845 for projects across ten community and local sporting facilities including:
- $250,000 for Heritage Park Recreational Facility Enhancements including water play, Adventure and Toddler Equipment
- $131,000 for Community and Citywide Information LED Event Sign
- $60,000 for Riverview Park Upgrades
- $242,000 Dawson St Amenities Upgrades
- $160,000 for Crozier Field Spectator Mound and upgrades
- $154,000 for Regional Hockey Centre Spectator Centre
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the roll out of the second round of 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.
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- $250,000 for Heritage Park Recreational Facility Enhancements - The facility enhancements will include the partial replacement of existing playground equipment with an adventure playground; installation of a new water-based adventure space; renewal of the existing toddler playground equipment; and renewal of the perimeter safety fence and pergolas.
- $131,000 for Community and Citywide Information LED Event Sign - Install a custom-designed digital LED sign to promote local information, including sporting, community, and cultural events. The sign's prominent location will draw greater attention to specific information for the community and visitors and will also provide a platform on which to upload emergency information.
- $60,000 for Riverview Upgrades - Major repairs to be undertaken to the change rooms, converting them into a covered area to improve social amenity during events. In addition, the proposal will improve internal configuration and services of the building, allowing it to cater to the high number of schools that use Riverview Park.
- $242,000 Dawson St Amenities Upgrade - Move the location of the block approximately 100 metres to the south and continue its dual role. The relocation will also allow improved accessibility via a new entrance from Oakes Oval and the soon-to-be-developed Lismore Parklands.
- $160,000 for Crozier Field Spectator Mound and Upgrades - The field forms part of the City Central Sports Precinct within the Lismore Regional Sports Hub and Central Growth Corridor. This project includes the enclosure of the field with appropriate security fencing, the installation of a concrete path for spectators, associated drainage, and the building and turfing of a spectator mound. These upgrades will ensure the field will be fully accessible and maximise its spectator potential.
- $154,000 for Regional Hockey Centre Spectator Centre - This project will allow for the construction of five grandstands for use during championship events as well as local fixtures. The new grandstands will bring the facility up to national standards and help consolidate Lismore's position as a regional sports hub. The grandstands are mobile and, consequently, can be oriented towards either field.
Photo: Scott Turner, A/General Manager, Lismore City Council; Mayor Isaac Smith; Thomas George MP; Patrick Healey, General Manager, NORPA; Peter Jeuken, A/Executive Director, Sustainable Development; Gary Murphy, Executive Director, Infrastructure Services