Lismore’s $13 million baseball boon
LISMORE will receive a $13 million economic boost after it was announced the city will host the Australian Little League and Senior League Baseball Championships until 2020.
Lismore MP Thomas George was joined by Minister for Regional Development, John Barilaro, who made the announcement with representatives from Baseball Australia and Lismore City Council at the Albert Park Baseball Complex this morning.
Supporting baseball in the region
“It is a very special day, not only to recognise the facilities we have in Lismore, but also the support we have from Baseball NSW, Baseball Australia and Baseball Far North Coast,” Mr George said.
“This is a great opportunity for tourism in Lismore, providing us with an opportunity to showcase Lismore’s accommodation, fantastic restaurants and local attractions as well as attracting visitors to the wider NSW North Coast region.
“The championship events will be held from 2016 to 2020 and will generate significant economic benefits.”
Local teams in the championship
It is expected Baseball Far North Coast will have teams in the championships in May and June.
Mr Barilaro said Baseball Australia’s Little League and Senior League Championships are expected to attract more than 14,000 domestic and international overnight visitors to Lismore between now and 2020.
“The Australia Little League and Senior League Championships will provide an outstanding platform for community members and visitors to develop relationships and networks, while local businesses and community groups benefit from the economic stimulus that tourism brings,” he said.
Upgrade for Albert Park
Far North Coast Baseball Association life member Bill O’Sullivan said hosting the Little League and Senior League Championships was ‘a huge deal’ for Lismore and they were working to secure NSW government funding to upgrade facilities at Albert Park.