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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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Lismore Council Urges Immediate Removal of Terania Street Bridge

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Terania St Bridge

Lismore Council Urges Immediate Removal of Terania Street Bridge

 

Lismore City Council is urgently advocating for the removal of the 130-year-old Terania Street Bridge, owned by Transport for NSW, citing significant disruptions and safety concerns.

Following a resolution passed at the October 2023 Ordinary Council Meeting, Council is urging Transport for NSW to expedite the removal of not only the Terania Street Bridge but also several other bridges under their ownership, including those on Union Street, Frank Street, Crane Street, Alexandria Parade, and Winterton Parade.

Mayor Steve Krieg emphasised the crucial role of Terania Street in connecting residents to the Lismore CBD, highlighting the frequent road closures due to vehicle collisions and structural issues with the bridge. He pointed to a recent incident as further evidence of the urgent need for action.

Terania St Bridge

Terania St Bridge

“We’re currently awaiting decisions from Transport for NSW regarding our plan to remove the Bridge and other rail bridges,” Mayor Krieg said. “We appreciate the community’s patience and support as we work towards making our City safer and more accessible for everyone.”

The Bridge, built in 1894, was heritage-listed in 1999 due to its unique construction and design, particularly in a flood-prone area. Currently, Terania Street is closed at the railway bridge, with detours established for vehicles via Wilson Street, Elliott Road, and Ballina Road, and for pedestrians and cyclists via Pine, Crane, and Tweed streets.

 

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Significant milestone in Lismore’s recovery journey

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Protestors outside of the NRRC (as it was known) office and LCC's Flood Recovery Centre on Carrington Street last year

Significant milestone in Lismore’s recovery journey

 

The closure of the Flood Recovery Centre at Carrington Street on February 8 marks a significant milestone in Lismore’s recovery journey, following nearly two years of dedicated service in assisting the community after the devastating floods of February 2022.

As the Recovery Centre concludes its operations, the NSW Reconstruction Authority will step in to provide ongoing flood-related assistance from the same location at 14 Carrington Street. Lismore City Mayor Steve Krieg expressed gratitude for the Centre’s role in supporting flood-affected residents and businesses throughout the Lismore LGA, emphasising that its closure signifies progress towards recovery.

Mayor Krieg acknowledged the invaluable contributions of staff, volunteers, and community members who supported the Centre’s operations, particularly during the challenging initial period following the disaster.

Protestors outside of the NRRC (as it was known) office and LCC's Flood Recovery Centre on Carrington Street last year

Protestors outside of the NRRC (as it was known) office and LCC’s Flood Recovery Centre on Carrington Street last year

The Centre offered essential services such as grant support, recovery assistance, emergency accommodation, and mental health services, playing a crucial role in aiding the community’s recovery process. With declining visitation rates in recent months, it is evident that the Centre has fulfilled its mission of supporting Lismore residents and businesses.

Initially located at Southern Cross University’s V Block, the Centre was relocated multiple times before settling at 14 Carrington Street within the NSW Reconstruction Authority’s offices in November 2023. Lismore City Council General Manager Jon Gibbons emphasised the collaborative effort between agencies and the dedication of staff and volunteers as key to the Centre’s success.

One notable achievement of the Centre was the distribution of over 1,729 GIVIT vouchers to address various community needs, including beds, white goods, and essential supplies like petrol and groceries.

To further support residents, essential services are available, including the Disaster Response Legal Service, Uniting Recovery Support, Social Futures: Recovery Connect, Lismore and District Financial Counselling Service, and Head to Health, providing assistance and resources for ongoing recovery efforts.

 

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ARTISTS IN CONVERSATION: PENNY EVANS AND BETTY RUSS

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Betty Russ, 'Earth Matter' - artist in conversation

ARTISTS IN CONVERSATION: PENNY EVANS AND BETTY RUSS

 

5pm, Thursday 15 February at the Lismore Regional Gallery — pop-up space
Hear from artists Penny Evans and Betty Russ about the processes and ideas behind their work in Earth Matter.

Betty Russ, 'Earth Matter' - artist in conversation

Betty Russ, ‘Earth Matter’. Courtesy the artist

About Penny Evans

Penny Evans is Lismore-based. Her ceramics and mixed media collages connect with family, community, and national histories in the wake of colonisation. She is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies and exhibits her work nationally, including CEREMONY, the 4th Indigenous Art Triennial at the National Gallery of Australia in 2022.

The focus of my art is always identity, country, and decolonising and my practice is a process driven enquiry. My artwork creates a trail over time, which mark and illustrate my decolonising journey back to who we are, back to country, back to country within me. There’s a lineage of ideas, a mapping. My interrogation is through the process of making, so it’s about DNA mixed with ideas gathered from many people and places, from country and kin.

About Betty Russ

Betty Russ is an artist and arts worker living on Widjabul Wia-bul country, Bundjalung Nation (Lismore). Working across sculpture, assemblage, installation, sound, and embodied research, her practice ferments between and around the philosophies and renderings of eschatological terror, speculative +/ science fiction, hauntology, spirituality, the-weird-and-the-eerie.

Material manifestations protrude from hypnagogic fantasy, searching for psychological mitigation to the abject shock of the past, and sweaty white-knuckled fear of the future. Betty is also co-founder of Elevator ARI, an emerging artist-run gallery and studio space.

The twin strobes of ‘The Monster’, and imminent global catastrophe have long created a tension around the vegetal, the-more-than-human, philosophy and the future. Popular culture uses speculative science fiction, fantasy and horror as a means to both ferment, and ignore mounting eschatological terror. I am drawn to the unreal, unimaginable, the weird and eerie, queering, and provocative ideas that emerge from making experimental investigations of other possible worlds to describe these tensions.

Seeking to identify false gods and the exhaltative exploitation of earth matter as a means of hyper-individuation and extractive capitalism, ‘Voiding Sartorial Sublimation’ is ironically both a praising and a parody of the elements of contemporary capitalised spirituality. Dreamed up while escaping into the ever more possible realms of science fiction, representing both enveloping terror and sublime love.

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  • Artists in conversation
  • When: 5pm, Thursday 15 February
  • Where: Lismore Regional Gallery — pop-up space – 46 Magellan Street, Lismore
  • Cost: No charge, please reserve your ticket.
  • Accessibility: The venue is wheelchair accessible and there is an option to request Auslan interpretation at the time of booking.
  • Tickets: Available here.

 

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