Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres and Member for Lismore Thomas George today visited Oakes and Crozier Oval Precinct to announce a massive $4.5 million grant to create a world-class sports hub set to be the envy of the North Coast.

Mr George said the $4.5 million NSW Government Grant will ensure Lismore boasts the best sporting facilities on the North Coast to cater for AFL, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Football and cricket.

“Lismore is the North Coast’s proud City of Sport, and this funding will take this facility from good to great, providing world class sporting infrastructure for our community and visitors alike,” Mr George said.

“Thanks to extensive community feedback our vision is clear- we’re going to improve essential infrastructure like the grandstands, female changerooms and administration, giving this 30 year old facility the shot in the arm it needs.

“Lismore Council has carried out a $2.8 million project here to date but there is much more in store to upgrade the spectator and athlete experience alike.

“We’re excited to be prioritising our female athletes and making sure that the athletic pathway is clear for all of our young people.”

Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said investing in regional sporting facilities changes the future for athletes of all ages and brings communities together.

“It’s such an exciting day for Lismore where sport definitely beats through the heart of this community,” Mr Ayres said.

“This fantastic project will create jobs, enable Lismore to attract the best events and give our economy and sporting communities the boost they need well into the future.

Lismore City Council Mayor Isaac Smith said Council’s co-contribution of $1.5 million will bring the project to fruition.

“It’s great for Lismore to have two levels of Government working together to develop the kinds of facilities that inspire athletes, coaches and volunteers alike,” Mr Smith said.

“We’re excited to deliver the kind of sporting infrastructure and services which will attract the best and the brightest to want to play here, and make sure everyone wants to have a go.”

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.