Big wet shuts down weekend sports
PLANNED sporting events across the Far North Coast this weekend have been ruined as the dreadful weather continues to take its toll.
Ballina Jockey Club has been forced to cancel Saturday's planned race day, while other activities have also fallen victim to the storms pounding the region.
This week's heavy rain has left the Racecourse Road track waterlogged, while part of a roof from a steward's tower was also blown over by yesterday's damaging winds.
Far North Coast Softball action on Saturday has been called off, with Lismore's Albert Park once again hit by the deluges.
It is the second week in a row matches in the competition have fallen victim to the wet weather.
Saturday's twilight Lismore greyhounds meeting was still on at the time of writing, although Friday's Casino race day fell victim to the weather.
Bowls and golf competitions were likely to be hit, with players advised to contact their respective clubs for the latest updates.
Lismore City Council has closed its sporting ovals until a further inspection at 10am on Monday, while Byron Shire Council has also closed its playing fields.
Ballina Shire Council's fields are dependent on clubs' discretion, but are urging groups to take "sensible decisions".
Groups are urged to update the council's 24-hour information hotline on 6686 1499.
Richmond River Council is also leaving decisions up to sporting groups, but has urged all users to remain mindful of player safety.
The vast majority of Tweed Shire Council's sporting ovals will also be closed until Monday at the earliest.
Anyone wanting the latest information should visit their respective council's websites.