Cricket carnivals expected to raise town profiles
It's set to be a big week for junior cricket in the region, with not one, but two state-wide carnivals being held on the Northern Rivers.
Today the 23rd annual Ballina Under-13s Cricket Carnival kicked off, which will be followed by the start of the 29th annual Lismore Under-12s Cricket Carnival tomorrow.
Teams will travel from as far as Toowoomba, Brisbane, Tamworth, the Hunter Valley, Newcastle, the Central Coast and West Sydney.
Organisers expect the influx to raise Lismore and Ballina's profiles and provide an economic boost.
With around 240 players plus family members and escorts visiting for the Ballina carnival, one of the carnival organisers, Geoff Jacobs, said it was a great New Year's gift to Ballina.
"It's good economically for the town, and it's good for the town on a whole," Mr Jacobs said.