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AUSTRALIAN WINGLESS SPRINT TITLE SET FOR LISMORE SPEEDWAY IN 2024

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Wingless Sprintcars pictured at Castrol Lismore Speedway. Photo: Tony Powell. Australian Wingless Sprint Championship

AUSTRALIAN WINGLESS SPRINT TITLE SET FOR LISMORE SPEEDWAY IN 2024 

 

By Dennis Newlyn (in co-operation with Australian Wingless Sprint Racing)   

History will be created when Castrol Lismore Speedway hosts the 2024 Australian Wingless Sprint Championship at the venue next April.

It’s yet another significant milestone for the famous showground venue and a major coup for promoters Mick and Kim Sauer.

The 2024 national title will be held over three days, starting Anzac Day (April 25) when scrutineering and then a Calcutta dinner will be held.

April 26 will feature practice, heats and a preliminary A-Main, while championship deciding night is set for Saturday, April 27 with the final heats before the running of the 2024 Australian Wingless Sprint Championship.

“We are absolutely delighted to host the Australian Wingless Sprint Championship,” co-promoter Kim Sauer said.

“Mick and I want to sincerely thank Australian Wingless Sprint Racing for awarding us the championship for the first time in its history. We want to make the three day event a very special occasion for everyone in keeping with what Castrol Lismore Speedway stands for in the long and illustrious history of the track.”

One of the most improved venues in Australian Speedway, the event will no doubt be a hotly-contested national championship with entries from throughout Australia.

Wingless Sprintcars pictured at Castrol Lismore Speedway. Photo: Tony Powell.

Wingless Sprintcars pictured at Castrol Lismore Speedway. Photo: Tony Powell.

Mick and Kim Sauer have been a lightning bolt of inspiration and have instigated a raft of venue improvements since taking the reins of the iconic NSW Northern Rivers region facility which is widely regarded as one of the most professional motor sport venues in regional Australia.

Already with a reputation for promoting ‘outside the square’ by incorporating elements such as live music (aka the tremendously successful Adam Brand concert earlier this year) into their Speedway events, Mick and Kim Sauer will certainly put everything into promoting the blue-ribbon event that is the 2024 AWSR Australian Wingless Sprint Championship.

Defending Australian Champion Todd Hobson will defend his title in the #1 LFA entry and knows only too well that the NSW and Queensland cars in particular will be difficult to conquer.

Todd is one out-of towner who is already familiar with the testing Lismore Showground bull ring, having raced for title honours at the circuit in the V8 Dirt Modified division. A strong interstate contingent is expected to enter with all states and territories represented.

There is much to love about Castrol Lismore Speedway and the surrounding areas.

The region is rich with tourist attractions and accommodation is plentiful.

The City of Lismore is extremely pro Speedway and pro tourism so it’s mandatory the red carpet will be rolled out for visiting teams who enter the nationals.

 

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Council wants to work with business

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Council wants to work with business

 

By Samantha Elley

In their July industry update, through their Flood Restoration Portfolio, Lismore City Council has put a call out to the business community.

The council wants to collaborate with local business by leveraging with their expertise and experience to deliver a very extensive program of works.

Mayor Steve Krieg summed up the extent of works that continues to need fixing, in council’s recent video.

“Across the region this damaged more than 400 of our roads and our bridges,” he said.

“And 2000 individual sites.”

Since the flood council, along with local contractors have spent more than $160 million to repair the emergency damages.

However, there is so much more to do and council know it can’t be done alone.

While partnering with state and federal authorities, Josh Hartcher, Executive Director of Flood Restoration Portfolio, said the challenge has been finding alternative approaches to delivering restoration works.

“(We’ve looked at) collaborative contracting models,” he said.

“One of which delivered the outcome…at the Lismore Memorial Baths.”

Working with Bennetts Constructions, most of council’s assets have been restored.

“In our roads program, with the support of Transport for NSW and the Reconstruction Authority, we are working on another collaborative contract,” Mr Hartcher said.

“To remediate approximately 70 landslips that have damaged the local road network.”

Council’s CEO, Brendan Logan said the restoration works are the largest undertaken by a local council in Australia.

“We will be actively seeking collaboration with the business community and we will need to draw upon their expertise and experience to execute this project successfully,” he said.

“The strategy will involve engaging both small and large providers.”

Mr Logan said there will be a combination of procurement methods, to ensure all local businesses with the right expertise can participate.

If you have a business interested in collaborating with Lismore City Council, register via Vendorpanel on its website.

 

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Saffin Secures $30,000 Grant for Youth Crime Prevention

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Lismore MP Janelle Saffin with North-Tracks Works Chair Patrick Higgins, Secretary/board member Kevin Bell and Mr Bell’s working dog Maezzie. - Youth Crime Prevention

Saffin Secures $30,000 Grant for Youth Crime Prevention

 

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin has successfully secured a $30,000 grant for North-Tracks Works, a Lismore-based organisation dedicated to empowering vulnerable young people. This funding will enable the expansion of their life-changing programs to engage more youth in Goonellabah, Coraki, and Casino.

Ms. Saffin expressed her gratitude to NSW Minister for Police and Counter-terrorism Yasmin Catley for approving the grant following her advocacy on behalf of North-Tracks Works. She praised the organisation, which operates out of a shed in South Lismore, for its impactful work with young people aged 11 to 18, offering one-on-one support, mentoring, and practical learning opportunities.

“I previously secured a $44,000 Local Small Commitments Allocation grant to help North-Tracks purchase equipment and materials for skill-building,” Ms. Saffin said. “This additional grant will allow North-Tracks to employ youth workers and expand their proven youth program, which is supported by Richmond Police District Commander Superintendent Scott Tanner.”

Patrick Higgins, Chair of North-Tracks Works and a local real estate agent, thanked Ms. Saffin for her efforts in securing the additional funding from Minister Catley. “We don’t fit in the box for normal funding. Our approach is about creating a sense of belonging and purpose through our skills program and training working dogs. It’s the work with the dogs that bridges the gap,” Mr. Higgins explained.

“At North-Tracks, we spend 10 percent looking back, 10 percent at where you are now, and 80 percent looking forward. We help them chase their dreams and goals,” he added. “Our team has three basic goals: keep them safe and alive, keep them out of jail, and help them move forward to live a full and productive life.”

This funding is set to sustain and expand North-Tracks Works’ impactful initiatives, providing more opportunities for at-risk youth to gain essential skills and find a sense of purpose and for Youth Crime Prevention.

 

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Lismore City Council Mechanic Awarded Cory James Scholarship

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Lismore City Council Mechanic Awarded Cory James Scholarship

 

In celebration of NAIDOC Week, Lismore City Council awarded the annual Cory James Memorial Scholarship for Indigenous staff to fleet services mechanic Shannan Caldwell. The scholarship honours Cory James, a young Indigenous Council employee who passed away suddenly in 2019. Cory was dedicated to promoting his culture and heritage within the community.

Aunty Jenny presented the scholarship to Shannan, 33, at a ceremony held at Council’s Brunswick Street Depot. This scholarship will enable Shannan to pursue various training options to enhance his technical skills and broaden his career opportunities.

Shannan expressed his gratitude for receiving the scholarship, noting the significant impact it will have on his career. “I am so humbled to have been awarded this scholarship,” he said. “This opportunity will allow me to select training courses to grow my technical knowledge as a mechanic and equip me with the skills I need to continue to advance my career. It opens pathways for my career as a mechanic, which is a job I love.”

Shannan also emphasised the importance of sharing his knowledge with his community in North Casino. “Passing knowledge to my community so they have basic understanding of keeping their car running smoothly is important to me. You never know, they might find the same passion as me and pursue a career as a mechanic, which is a very rewarding industry, especially at Lismore City Council.”

Lismore City Council’s General Manager, Jon Gibbons, highlighted the significance of the Cory James Memorial Scholarship. “This scholarship not only honours the legacy of Cory James, a young Indigenous man dedicated to promoting his culture and heritage within our community, but it also reflects our commitment to supporting the growth and development of our Indigenous staff,” he said. “By enabling Shannan to enrol in quality advanced training opportunities, he can further advance and thrive in his career. By investing in our employees, we are investing in the future of Lismore.”

Council will continue to use National Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week to recognise the achievements of Indigenous staff and support their development and career pathways.

 

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