The Stage 2 upgrade of facilities at Crozier and Oakes Ovals in Lismore will attract more than 20,000 additional tourists a year, spending over $2.3 million in local businesses, thanks to the Nationals in Government.

Federal Nationals Member for Page Kevin Hogan said a $6 million grant for the project would create the Lismore Regional Sports Hub.

“The upgrades will cater for the needs of officials, players and spectators in Rugby League, Rugby Union, Cricket, Soccer and AFL,” Mr Hogan said. “During the construction phase 21 direct jobs will be created. Once complete, the new Regional Sports Hub will attract significant sporting events to the city. Conservatively, this means an additional 20,000 sport tourists visiting our city every year and spending more than $2.3 million.”

“This money will be spent in our local motels, restaurants, cafes and retail shops, securing the jobs of many hundreds of locals.”

Stage 2 work at Crozier Oval will see the fit-out of a rooftop terrace, new national standard media and broadcasting facilities including scoring equipment, new amenities, function rooms, kiosk, lift, change room upgrade, construction of national grade cricket nets and a pedestrian bridge link to Oakes Oval.

Construction at Oakes Oval will include a terrace level to the rear of the main grandstand, new media and broadcasting facilities, corporate boxes, internal refurbishment to the Gordon Pavilion and the construction of new amenities.

The NSW Nationals in Government had previously contributed $4.5 million to Stage 1 with Lismore City Council contributing $1.5 million.

Work under Stage 1 included spectator arrival plazas, perimeter fencing, new women’s change rooms and landscaping.

Some of the major projects Kevin Hogan has delivered for his community include:

• $15 million for expansion of Norco’s ice-cream factory
• $17 million in grants for nine job-creating projects
• More than 300 new Aged Care beds
• New Headspace in Grafton
• Co-funding $7 million upgrade of Clarence Way
• Redevelopment of Oakes Oval.
• New Northern Rivers Regional Art Gallery
• Expanded North Coast Regional Hockey Complex
• Maclean Riverside Precinct
• Casino Amphitheatre
• Southern Cross Lads Safe Driving Course
• Expansion of Summerland House Farm
• Woolgoolga Surf Life Saving Club
• Wollongbar Club House
• Kyogle Aquatic Centre
• Upgrade of Casino Saleyard
• Sealed road to Toonumbar Dam
• Repair of Woodburn to Coraki Road
• Coffs Harbour bypass
• Revitalisation of Kyogle Memorial Institute Hall
• Major upgrade of Culmaran Creek Road
• Upgrade of Harwood Mill and Refinery
• Replacing 20 wooden bridges in Kyogle
• Upgraded Albert Park Baseball Complex
• Upgrade of Casino Hospital Emergency Department
• Six new Trade Training Centres
• Record bulk billing rates
• Record funding for our local schools
• Record health funding
• Woodburn Riverside Precinct
• Casino Drill Hall Precinct
• More In-Home and Residential Aged Care place