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SYDNEY SPRINTCAR DRIVERS DOMINATE AT LISMORE SPEEDWAY

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JESSIE ATTARD - Lismore Speedway - November 18, 2023. Photo by Tony Powell.

SYDNEY SPRINTCAR DRIVERS DOMINATE AT LISMORE SPEEDWAY

 

By Dennis Newlyn

Sydney Sprintcar competitor Jessie Attard drove to a superb victory in the “Hoedown at the Showground” 25-lap feature race at Castrol Lismore Speedway, Saturday night, November 18.

Sydney drivers dominated the top three main event placings after Sam Walsh finished second and Daniel Sayre was placed third.

However, it was Attard’s night.

He posted his initial feature win and the emotion overflowed when he unbuckled from the driver’s seat of his high horsepower 410 Sprintcar at the start/finish line after the race.

AT LEFT, SAM WALSH, (runner-up), winner Jessie Attard (centre) and third-placed Daniel Sayre - Sprintcar main event, Lismore Speedway, November 18, 2023. Photo by Tony Powell.

Lismore Speedway Sprintcar main event top three: Winner Jessie Attard (centre) with runner-up Sam Walsh (left) and third-placed Daniel Sayre. Photo: Tony Powell.

“A  lot of work has gone into this win,” he said choked on words as the momentous moment overflowed with emotion.

“A lot of people made this possible and I could not have got it done it without them. It’s (the main event win) now off my shoulders.”

Attard drove a near-perfect race as he staved off Walsh’s full-on pursuit. At one point they ran close in testing lapped traffic, but Attard kept his cool and maintained his advantage. He posted the fastest lap time of the race when he clocked 11.668 seconds for an estimated speed of 110.5 mph near mid-distance.

Walsh had set up the suspension especially to handle the tight confines of the Lismore Showground bull ring, but admitted after the race, the car was not at its best.

“We got beaten by a better car tonight and congratulations to Jessie,” a gracious Walsh said.

“We were really battling tonight. We spent all night trying to keep the front wheels on the ground,” he explained in relation to the continual suspension adjustments.

Daniel Sayre made a late charge into third after following Brody Appleby for most of the race.

JESSIE ATTARD - Lismore Speedway - November 18, 2023. Photo by Tony Powell.

JESSIE ATTARD – Lismore Speedway – November 18, 2023. Photo by Tony Powell.

“The traffic was pretty hectic out there trying to get through the lapped cars,” Sayre admitted.

Local Sprintcar stars were out of luck after Tony Bridge posted the best result with a ninth in the feature race.

The only incident involved Kobi Wright who caused a red light near the end of the race when he crashed upside down into the fence, however he was uninjured.

Other main event winners were: Boyd Chaffey (Formula 500s), Charlie Brown (Formula 500 Juniors), Matt Gordon (Legend Cars), Nathan Gordon (Production Sedans), Luke Manttan (Pro Sprints), Jacob Jolley (Wingless Sprints).

V8 DIRT MODIFIED MR MODIFIED SERIES – DECEMBER 26

Next fixture at Castrol Lismore Speedway will be the annual Boxing Night spectacular featuring the Mr Modified Series opening round.

 

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The Samson is on! Our Kids

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The Samson is on!

The Lismore Samson Fitness Challenge is on 1-2 March at Hepburn Park in Goonellabah.

Now in its fourteenth year, the Lismore Samson – Powered by NBN News continues to gather momentum and competitors to help raise funds for Our Kids to help sick children stay local when needing medical care.

The Samson starts with the Samson Solo on Friday night at 5:30 pm. On Saturday, 2 March, the events will include the Teen Sprint, Samson Kids, and the Samson Team event.
The Samson – Powered by 9 NBN News is a team event; each team of four people will complete grueling challenges including strength activities, running, swimming, and an outdoor obstacle course.

Everyone is welcome to come and cheer the more than 500 competitors, with the first wave of Samson competitors beginning at 7:00 am and the last starting at 12:30 pm, starring The Armidale School (TAS).

Competition among the Elite Men is fierce this year, as they race to take out the title from 11:00 am onwards.

Samson Kids is a highlight for our under 12s, with the course sponsored by Conlon Bros Earth Moving and Sea & Sky Sensory Co.

Samson Kids has its own obstacle course, run by Mr Brad from Fitness Kidz. There is an inflatable jumping castle and climbing wall from Northern Rivers Jumping Castles, and volunteers from the Summerland Christian College will help Samson Kids run smoothly. Samson Kids costs $10 for unlimited time on the obstacle course and jumping castle, while the climbing wall is an extra $5.

Lismore’s local Army Reserve unit, the 41st Battalion Royal New South Wales Regiment (41 RNSWR), will be onsite helping to marshal on the day along with more than 120 volunteers.
The GSAC Health Expo along with the Southern Cross University Recovery Zone will ensure all competitors are looked after.

Samson Eat Street will cater to the hungry bellies, with the Amici food van, Boost Juice, and the Norths Baseball Club cooking up a storm with a BBQ.
For more information, please call 0438 417 085 or simply join us on the day.

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Lismore Two Years On

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Lismore Two Years On

Two Years On

As we come to the two-year anniversary of the disaster that struck the Northern Rivers, we want to take a moment to recognise the significance of the journey we have all been on together. If this day has arrived and you still have a way to go we hope that you know that an impact this big isn’t something that is easily recovered from. If you haven’t bounced back that’s totally normal and you aren’t alone.

Lismore Two Years On

Lismore Two Years On

It’s also normal for big emotions to come up at a time like this so we encourage you to reach out to friends, to family or to a service like Lifeline (13 11 14) if you feel like it would help to check in with someone. You don’t need to sit with this alone, there are people who can support you.

We hope that you can find space to go slowly this week, and that if you need to you can take some time out. Turn off your social media, go for a walk, talk to a friend, have a nap, eat some good food. Take some time for self-care, and for caring for each other.

Recovery takes time, so let’s look after each other as we move through this week, and all the weeks that come after it.

Resilient Lismore is here for the long haul because this is our community: our staff and volunteers are from this community. We love it, we are here to help the people we live alongside, and we are committed to helping our region not just to survive but to thrive.

If you would like to spend some time us and with others in our community we are hosting an event this Saturday, 2nd of March at Riverside Park.

Sat 2nd March
‘Two Years On’
10am – 2.30pm
Riverside Park
Victoria St, Lismore (near boat ramp and dog park)

It’s a day to come together for reflection and acknowledgement of the challenges we are facing, the journey we have ahead of us and the strength of our community. There will also be great music and food, shady trees to sit under and relaxing activities for the whole family. We’ve come a long way in the last two years and this is a day to spend some time together to recognise that.

Activities include:
River Walk led by Rhoda Roberts, a ceremony at 10.30am
Tribute to tradies & home rebuilders
Dance performance & workshops
Dear River: listen to community’s letters
Art & Craft activities
Games & play spaces
BYO picnics BBQ, coffee & snacks available for purchase.
Reusable coffee cups & water bottles encouraged!

Presented by Resilient Lismore, in collaboration with many community organisations, and supported by Lismore City Council.

Please see the Facebook event for updates. https://www.facebook.com/events/281245464985541

Lismore Two Years On

Lismore Two Years On

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Social Futures welcomes the first Resilient Lands project but calls for more land and social housing targets

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CEO Tony Davies from Social Futures - Resilient Lands Program

Social Futures welcomes the first Resilient Lands project but calls for more land and social housing targets

 

Social Futures has welcomed the announcement of the first major Resilient Lands project to be delivered under the $100 million Resilient Lands Program but is keen to see the release of more land (under the program) and social housing targets.

Southern Cross University, Landcom (a state government agency) and the NSW Reconstruction Authority have signed an agreement to deliver more than 400 homes in East Lismore. The land is expected to come onto the market in 2026.

“This is a great first step,” said Social Futures CEO Tony Davies, “but of course we’d like to see the other post-flood land projects developed and delivered as soon as possible.”

The Northern Rivers will mark the second anniversary of unprecedented flooding that badly damaged more than 6,000 homes on February 28.

“Social Futures is also calling on the government to set targets for affordable and social housing on each land project, so that the working people who serve the Northern Rivers – nurses, tradesmen, police officer and teachers – can afford to buy a home in this beautiful region,” Mr Davies said.

“In London, new developments have a requirement for 50%. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to rebuild our community and ensure we have the right mix of housing for people on low-incomes, working people and also the tree-changers arriving from cities with more generous budgets.

CEO Tony Davies from Social Futures - Resilient Lands Program

CEO Tony Davies from Social Futures

“In short there needs to be a mix of housing so no one is left out in the cold.”

Mr Davies said the Northern Rivers Resilient Land Strategy, developed last year, cited that some 7800 new dwellings would be needed to accommodate people most impacted by the 2022 floods.

“We’ve long been waiting for this first announcement of land, but we are glad it’s out because the people of the Northern Rivers need certainty,” he said.

“The East Lismore project includes a 20% affordable housing target and land is also set aside for people to relocate homes.

“I would have liked to see a higher target for affordable housing and a definite target for social housing, because this region has about a 30%-plus shortfall in social housing compared to the state average.

“The Northern Rivers needs more housing close to services and public transport, and we need higher density housing.

“We are also hoping the federal Housing Australia Future Fund will finance much needed social and affordable housing for the Northern Rivers. This fund needs to target regional areas in acute housing needs, such as northern New South Wales.”

 

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