Turf club members dig deep to solve home bend bog
By STEVE SPINKS
WORK has started on the draining of a treacherous corner of the Lismore racetrack.
The corner that leads into the straight turned into a bog two weeks ago, resulting in the postponement of the Southern Cross University student race day.
A plan has since been put together and if the weather remains fine, the improvements should be completed this week.
"Drainage has always been a problem at the track because it's a low-lying area," Lismore Turf Club secretary-manager Michael Timbrell said.
"We're always one of the first areas to go under flood and the soil is a very silty pug clay, which just doesn't dry out quickly.
"It's good in the summer because it keeps moisture in the ground, but in the cooler months, with a bit of rain it just won't dry out."
The SCU student race day has now been moved to the first race day of the new season on August 20.
It will be combined with the Truck Show race day, which could make for some interesting inter-action between different cross-sections of the community.
"It will be the first race of the new season and it will be a great lead-up to the Lismore Cup (September 22)," Timbrell said.
The herring-bone drainage is being organised by a contractor with a lot of the manual work being supplied by Turf Club volunteers, including Timbrell, who's been seen donning the gumboots and wielding a shovel.