Saffin welcomes funding for riverbank repair, showgrounds

Janelle Saffin MP has welcomed Crown lands funding to repair the Wilsons River's riverbank in Lismore and to make improvements to Lismore and Woodenbong showgrounds.

LISMORE MP Janelle Saffin has welcomed $218,127 in funding to repair the flood-damaged Wilsons River foreshore and small grants for improvements to the Lismore and Woodenbong showgrounds.

Ms Saffin said she had lobbied hard to make riparian repair and showground upgrades priority issues during this Parliamentary term.

“Every dollar counts with our flood recovery so I welcome this money for local projects on Crown land,” Ms Saffin said.

“My current push for a comprehensive Economic and Environmental Recovery Plan for the Northern Rivers and Tenterfield Shire would address the need to take better care of our riparian zones and the health of our river catchments.”

Under the 2022 Crown Lands Flood Recovery Program, Lismore City Council will receive $218,127 to repair riverbanks, restore biodiversity and stop erosion, including planting 1,150 trees and 8,000 plants.

Projects will help restore critically endangered Lowland Rainforest in Albert Park and prevent erosion threatening the baseball fields and walking track, as well as encourage biodiversity in Currie Park near the Turf Club and Rugby Cllub.

And under the Crown Reserves Improvement Fund, which Ms Saffin has heavily promoted, a total of $109,000 is going to our Electorate of Lismore:

  • $52,000 for Lismore Showground towards replacing ageing timber stairs and terracing, with a new concrete staircase and metal handrails.
  • $57,300 for Woodenbong Showground towards the installation of safety railing and fencing for the grandstand.