The NSW government is starting to hand out money for projects that are ready to go with 11 local sports grants as well as Lismore City Council securing $99,769 to help upgrade the Nesbitt Park BMX bike track into an asphalt pump track.
The 11 sports grants total $93,780 and include grants for Lismore Tennis Club, Northern United Rugby Leauge Football Club, Lismore Rugby Club, Murwillumbah Vulcans Australian Football Club, Murwillumbah Rowing Club, and Far North Coast Hockey among others.
Ms Saffin said these small grants would go a long way in the community to increasing regular and ongoing participation opportunities in sport and active recreation across her Electorate of Lismore.
‘Our sporting clubs are administered and supported by dedicated bands of volunteers who are at the very heart of our local communities,’ Ms Saffin said.
‘It is great to see that their hard work has been recognised with the awarding of these grants, some enjoying success with multiple projects.’
Announcing the funding for the Nesbitt Park BMX bike track Nationals Member of the Legislative Council Ben Franklin said the upgrade would mean more people could use the track and not have to worry about weather damage.
‘Asphalting the dirt track will open up the facility to include BMX riders, scooters, skate boards, trikes, balance bikes, mountain bikes and gravel bikes,’ said Mr Franklin.
‘The existing track is easily damaged by the weather and is often impacted by soil cracking, compaction issues, dust and water retention and often remains unsuitable and unsafe for community use. Converting the track will mean this would no-longer be a problem.’