Lismore, Murbah & Urbenville sports get back in the game

Janelle Saffin MP has welcomed disaster recovery funding to help sporting organisations and councils rebuild facilities impacted by last year's floods.

JANELLE Saffin MP has welcomed disaster recovery funding to help Lismore and Murwillumbah area sporting clubs and facilities get back in the game following last year’s floods.

“These projects are terrific and I congratulate the organisations and Lismore City and Tweed Shire councils who can now get their smashed facilities fixed,” Ms Saffin says.

“All of them benefit the public and they are the winners. This really is putting the term ‘build back better’ into action.”

The grants come from the Essential Community Sport Assets Program, which is jointly funded by the Federal and NSW governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements, as part of the broader Community Local Infrastructure Recovery Package (CLIRP).

Successful local projects include:

  • Lismore City Council, the Lismore Memorial Baths Resilient Recovery project replaces pumps and filters with more efficient and robust filters — $1,033,493.
  • Lismore City Council, the Lismore Sports Facilities Resilience Recovery project will deliver flood-resilient repairs to tennis and netball precincts and baseball complex, including change rooms, toilets, kitchen/catering areas and flooring. Electrical distribution facilities will be relocated above flood levels, fencing replaced and field drainage upgraded — $996,358.
  • Lismore City Council, the Lismore Sportsfields LED upgrade project delivers more energy-efficient lighting to Crozier Field and Mortimer Oval with control gear relocated to the top of each pole above recorded flood levels — $507,248.
  • Lismore Basketball Association Incorporated, replacing subfloor and associated supports for stadium flood following storm and water damage during the February 2022 flood event — $489,310.
  • Richmond River Gun Club, flood damage repairs, including constructing a concrete entry driveway, removing and rebuilding clay target trap house No.3, major drainage works, constructing concrete paths and replacing clay targets — $105,620.
  • Lismore Croquet Club Incorporated, repairing flood-damaged lawns through weed eradication, scarifying, aerating, top dressing and implementation of a lawn maintenance plan — $16,883.
  • Tweed Shire Council, restoring and making more resilient the sportsclub building at Vic Bianchetti Sportsgrounds, Uki — $807,788.
  • Tweed Shire Council, restoring John Rabjones and Les Cave ovals, Murwillumbah, demolition and replacement of the grandstand and team dugouts, and installation of a concrete concourse between the dressing rooms, improvement to drainage and irrigation — $499,517.
  • Murwillumbah Rowing Club Incorporated, new purpose-built timber pile, steel and fibre reinforced composite launching ramp for rowing boats, dragon boats and similar craft on the Tweed River — $382,182.
  • Urbenville and District Campdraft Association Incorporated, purchase a shipping container for storage, cattle ramp and portable grandstand — $26,000.

Electorate-wide total: $4,864,399.

A total of $36 million has been awarded to 96 projects to repair and rebuild damaged facilities that were impacted by the February or June floods.

A full list of successful applicants is available at