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Lismore Oakes Oval scores $3 million redevelopment funds

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An upgrade of Oakes Oval will allow top AFL teams to play in Lismore. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
An upgrade of Oakes Oval will allow top AFL teams to play in Lismore. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)

A $3 million upgrade of Oakes Oval at Lismore will be fast-tracked to help the city recover from its recent flooding.

And once completed, the oval will be suitable for top-level AFL games with an expansion of the playing area, extended grandstands, upgraded change rooms and the installation of an electronic score board to keep track of how many points Carlton beats whatever team it comes up against.

Page MP Kevin Hogan is making the announcement today with Lismore mayor Isaac Smith at 1pm.

The $3 million funding includes $1.4 million from the Federal Government, with the rest coming from the Lismore City Council, AFL Queensland, and the Lismore Swans in either cash or in-kind donations.

Mr Hogan said the oval would be the same width of the Sydney Cricket Ground and only about one metre shorter.

‘And like the SCG, the new larger Oakes Oval will be the perfect place to watch cricket in the summer and Aussie Rules in the winter.

‘The upgrade of Oakes Oval will mean it will become northern New South Wales’ premier sports facility, capable of hosting premiership AFL, rugby league, soccer, and rugby union matches.

‘Upgrading the oval’s spectator and player facilities will have a hugely positive effect on the region. I’m particularly excited that AFL peak bodies have already identified Oakes Oval as a potential venue for high level events.

‘I congratulate Lismore City Council for its leadership and financial commitment to the project, as well as the AFL and Lismore Swans AFL club which will also contribute to the upgrade.

‘Together with Federal Government grants to repair crucial council infrastructure destroyed by the flood, Category C funding for businesses and farmers, and assistance to flood-affected households, means many millions of dollars will now flow through our economy.

‘More money going through local cafes, clubs, motels and other small businesses means more support for existing jobs and the potential to create new ones.

‘This is a great outcome for our local businesses, their employees and those looking for work.




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