LISMORE MP Janelle Saffin today (Thursday 20 May 2021) inspected a $5356 upgrade of rooftop solar panels and air-conditioning at Lismore Croquet Club’s heritage-listed Clubhouse off Molesworth Street.
Ms Saffin joined Club President Warwick Fisher, his fellow executive committee members including grants officer Phyllis Waters, and Lismore Mayor Cr Vanessa Ekins, as enthusiastic players competed on their landmark lawns.
Ms Saffin said the upgrade, funded under the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grant Program, will vastly improve comfort levels for the club’s 36 members during summer and winter seasons, and was installed by JDZ solar and electrical.
“Warwick welcomed me as an advocate for all things Lismore and our croquet club is very much an institution in our city, having been established in 1928 and with the ‘artistically designed’ pavilion clubhouse opened on September 22, 1931 by then Governor of NSW, Sir Philip Game,” Ms Saffin said.
“I know many Lismore locals and visitors comment on how wonderful it is to have this oasis of green and tradition right in the heart of the Central Business District.
“Warwick also made mention of Lismore City Council’s outdoor staff, who do a great job of keeping the lawns in tip-top condition.”
Nowadays, the clubhouse, extended in the 1980s, is home base for what is generally regarded as the one of the friendliest sporting clubs in the Northern Rivers with membership split 70 per cent female and 30 per cent male. In 1983, membership was exclusively women.
The club is always seeking new members and can be contacted on 0266 226 030. Play is on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings, and at twilight on Fridays.
Thursday, 20 February 2021.