We are fast-tracking the $3 million upgrade of Oakes Oval to help with Lismore’s rebuild.
This is great news our local businesses, jobs and our economy.
The upgrade is a big-ticket redevelopment project, involving an extension of the grandstand roof cover, expanding the on-field playing area to boost spectator capacity and make it suitable for AFL games, replacing the ground’s change rooms and toilet facilities and installing a new electronic scoreboard.
Volunteers who give their time freely play an important role in our community
It was great to announce grants to help volunteers at Acafe@Lismore ($5000), Mary of Angelus Association ($5000), Serpentine Community Gallery ($3940), U3A ($4500), Lismore Theatre Company ($2500), Friends of the Koala ($4858), Rotary Club of Lismore West ($5000), Far North Coast Baseball Umpires ($5000), Far North Coast Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Association ($5000), Far North Coast Baseball Scorers Association ($5000), and Lismore Toy Library ($3346).
The grants are to purchase equipment to help the volunteers do their work.
I thank all of our volunteers for the work they do.
Flood-affected farmers can apply for Category C grants of up to $10,000.
Many farms were affected by the flood, with lots of fencing and machinery damaged or destroyed. These grants will help our farmers get back on their feet.
Medical students in Lismore Valley will have greater opportunities to live, study and work closer to home following the announcement of a Regional Training Hub in Lismore.
This is great news for our local health services and those who use these services.
This hub will work with local health services to help move students through the training pipeline. This will enable students to continue rural training through university into postgraduate medical training, and then working within regional and rural Australia.