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$1.4 MILLION UPGRADE FOR LISMORE SOWGROUND ROAD NETWORK

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$1.4 MILLION UPGRADE FOR LISMORE SOWGROUND ROAD NETWORK

$1.4 MILLION UPGRADE FOR LISMORE SOWGROUND ROAD NETWORK

 

Safety and amenity have been improved at the historic Lismore Showground following a $1.4 million investment by Crown Lands to revamp its internal road network.

The Lismore Showground isn’t just a critical local community asset that plays host to a number of major events each year, but has also been used as an evacuation centre during past natural disasters in the region.

Approximately 1.1 kilometres of Lismore Showground’s roads have been repaired and upgraded to become much safer and more accessible, allowing visitors of all ages to come and enjoy the livestock shows, motorcar racing, farmers markets, school events, carnivals, and all the other community events held at the showground.

The showground’s original concrete roads were constructed in 1974 and had deteriorated and were no longer fit for purpose. Heavy vehicle and pedestrian use over the years had resulted in uneven surfaces, potholes and loose gravel, with flooding causing more damage.

The uneven surface also meant the roads were not accessible for parents with strollers and people with a disability and their carers. Six roads across the network have now been fully replaced, allowing for a much easier and enjoyable visitor experience.

The work was funded by a $645,000 COVID Stimulus grant and a $200,000 Showground Stimulus Fund contribution.

$1.4 MILLION UPGRADE FOR LISMORE SOWGROUND ROAD NETWORK

Lismore Showground

Lismore Showground was badly impacted by the devastating floods that impacted many communities across the Northern Rivers region. The showground also received a $585,000 Treasury Managed Fund Flood Insurance payment to help repair the roads which were badly waterlogged and damaged.

A geo-fabric bed was installed across the network to stop potholes forming and mitigate the risk of erosion, before a new road base and asphalt was laid down.

A new drainage system was installed which removed water and trip hazards from the road complex.

Excavated concrete and road base fill was recycled into an overflow car park as a recycling and sustainability initiative. An electric entry gate was also installed as part of the project.

Minister for Lands and Property Steve Kamper said:

“Showgrounds are a vital resource for regional communities hosting everything from agricultural shows to farmers markets, music festivals and school career days. “This $1.4 million investment to upgrade the road network at Lismore Showground has improved this historic community venue and will help bring a resilient community even closer together.”

Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin said:

“Our community has been hit hard the last few years, but we always come together at Lismore Showground.

“About 75% of the roads across the showground are now brand new. This is a major investment that is another example of the NSW Government and local community coming together for the betterment of all.”

Lismore Showground and North Coast National Secretary Mark Sollom said:

“Lismore Showground has been the bedrock of our community for over 100 years. It’s the heart of our town, where people gather both during good times and the bad.

“Unfortunately, the old concrete road network that ran through the park was becoming a significant safety concern. Now our roads have been brought into the 21st century meaning more people can access the educational, agricultural and community events we hold at the showground.”

 

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April School Holidays at Lismore Area Libraries

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April School Holidays at Lismore Area Libraries

 

Lismore Area Libraries are offering an extensive range of fantastic school holiday activities.

As part of the 2024 Lismore Youth Week, we are offering:

  • Acting workshop with Neighbours star Madeleine West, for ages 12-24.
  • Film workshop with an award-winning writer-director, also for ages 12-24.

Locals aged 12-24 are encouraged to book for these free sessions here.

For younger ages, there are almost too many options. So why not just book in for the whole lot? Children are invited to:

  • Learn about ANZAC history and make some poppies to decorate our window.
  • Make a jar terrarium to take care of and watch grow over the holidays.
  • Use the extensive collection of Lego the library owns at two open play sessions.
  • And so much more craft, games and fun!

ALL events are FREE, but bookings are required. The full list of events can be viewed here.

 

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Wage Peace Not War

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Wage Peace Not War

 

Northern Rivers Peace group, Remembering and Healing invites all community members to a peace gathering on the eve of ANZAC Day – 24th of April from 5.30pm at the Red Dove Centre, 80 Keen Street, Lismore (accessible venue).

Remembering and Healing (also known as RaH) meet annually at this time to remember the suffering war brings on all sides, and to make a strong commitment to peace and non-violence both locally and globally. In something new, this year we invite people from all nations, cultures and faiths to bring bread or something you serve with bread from your culture to share together in the traditional sign of hospitality, cooperation and connection.

RaH has partnered with local Sandra Handley who will be launching Peace in our Lifetime, a global peace campaign that aims to use the collective power of imagery and its ability to unite people and cultures by blanketing the world with peace signs.  So along with music by local, Mish Songsmith, poem by Vincent Stead, peace speakers, lighting candles for peace and sharing food and conversations, attendees will have the opportunity to decorate peace signs that will be placed publicly around Lismore.

“World peace seems impossible but if we start in our own hearts, homes and communities, it can spread.” Said Jenny Dowell, RaH’s Patron and MC for the evening.

“We must give peace a chance and when we stop and really listen to each other across cultures, religions, generations or whatever divide that we might imagine, peace can grow.”

 

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Memory Run Walk Jog – My Way Lismore

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Memory Run Walk Jog – My Way Lismore

Albert Park Baseball Grounds

Keen Street Lismore
8am Sunday 19th May 2024

Join a fun community activity to fundraise and raise dementia awareness. Last year, more than 10,000 people walked, jogged and ran in cities and towns across Australia for people impacted by dementia. Dementia awareness

Lismore events include a 10km run, a 5km jog/walk or a 1km walk so that the day is inclusive of all levels of physical ability.

There will be information stalls providing details of supports, local resources and services to help those impacted by dementia, as well as food and drinks.

Form a team from your workplace, local club, friends or family (dress up to make it fun!) and enter the 1km walk, 5km jog/walk or a 10km run. Get lots of sponsors!

To register a team or take part as an individual go to:
www.memorywalk.com.au/event/lismore-myway

Dementia awareness

Dementia awareness

Currently, dementia is the leading cause of death in women and overall, it is the second leading cause of death for all Australians. In 2024, it is estimated that more than 1.6 million people in Australia are involved in the care of someone living with dementia.

Dr Jones says ‘The ageing population in the Northern Rivers is growing at an exponential rate. Our region is one of the highest ageing communities in NSW and this comes with increasing rates of those impacted by dementia in our community. I’m quite keen to see that we adopt more preventable approaches against dementia in our region’. Dementia awareness

Dr Jones says ‘There are many things we can do to prevent dementia or delay your risk of developing dementia. Adopting healthy lifestyle habits, in particular regular exercise can make a significant difference’.

“We encourage the whole community to come together, not only to raise money for
Dementia Australia, but also to exercise together and to fight this disease” says Dr Jones.

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