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Lismore Kart Club gets Sport Priority Needs Program funding | photos

Cathy Adams
Updated November 30 2022 - 10:05am, first published November 28 2022 - 10:58am

Like many other sporting facilities in Lismore, the flood had a big impact on the Lismore Kart Club.

Flood water covered the canteen and office buildings, rising into the second storey of the control tower.

The Rookies take to the Lismore Kart track for the final meet of the year. Picture by Cathy Adams
The Rookies take to the Lismore Kart track for the final meet of the year. Picture by Cathy Adams

Club president Jarrad Shailes said it took months of hard work by club members to get karters back on track, and they celebrated last weekend with the final meet of the year.

And they will be celebrating even more with the news the club will receive almost half a million dollars in flood recovery funding.

Lismore City Council applied for funding under the Sport Priority Needs Program on behalf of flood impacted sport facilities in its LGA, receiving $1,493,003 for local projects.

The Rookies take to the Lismore Kart track for the final meet of the year. Picture by Cathy Adams
The Rookies take to the Lismore Kart track for the final meet of the year. Picture by Cathy Adams

The $12 million in funding was part of the NSW Government's Sport Infrastructure Recovery Fund 2022, targeted specifically to support LGAs whose sport and recreation facilities are considered most impacted by the NSW floods in February-March 2022.

Eight eligible councils in NSW submitted applications for funding to support 64 separate projects, 61 of which were successful.


Lismore Kart Club was one of the recipients, receiving $497,000 for facility upgrades and repairs.

The money will be used to replace the canteen, officials' building, outgrid shelter, maintenance buildings, and the relocation and modification of existing toilet and shower facilities to improve user accessibility.

Shailes said it was "awesome" news about the successful grant, and the funding would go a long way to boost morale for club members, many of whom were personally impacted by the flood.

"We pretty much lost six months of racing because of the flood," he said.

"The track was brown, covered with thick mud when we came back. It was a mess."

He said relocatable buildings had been lifted and spun about by the force of the water, but thankfully, the track sustained little damage.

He said the funds will help to build better facilities for the future and help show club members that things were changing for the better.

Lismore council was successful in securing funding for five other projects.

Council facilities will receive $494,754.00 for repair work, including: Oakes Oval, Crozier Field, Blair Oval, Mortimer Oval, Roder Oval, Davidson Oval, Richards Oval, Nesbitt Park Field 1 , Nesbitt Park , Marie Lee Oval , Lyn Larson Oval, Arthur Park Oval, McKenzie Park Oval, Neilson Park Sporting Fields, Albert Park Sporting Fields, and Riverview Park.

The council identified those facilities as "16 of Lismore's most significantly flood impacted sporting fields will be remediated. Scarification, coring and levelling will be used to reinstate the fields back to a suitable playing standard".

Lismore Basketball Stadium will receive $236,853 to make subfloor drainage improvements.

The money will be used to "design and deliver subsoil drainage and binding layer to improve drainage under the facility's basketball court surface".

Mortimer Oval Marist Brothers Cricket Club will receive $43,834 to rebuild its netting facility, including: new netting, cables, wiring and poles to support the reinstatement of the facility's cricket nets.

Caniaba Street Reserve, home of the South Lismore Celtic Football Club, will get $55,720 to repair its safety perimeter fencing.

Nimbin Headers Sports Field will get filed drainage improvements after the Nimbin Headers Football Club were allocated $164,842.

The project involves "comprehensive drainage; incorporating top dressing and soil amendment program to enhance the two playing fields".

Cathy Adams

Cathy Adams