Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Green Candidate Backs Sports Centre

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Green Candidate Backs Sports Centre

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Byline: LUKE MORTIMER luke.mortimer@northernstar.com.au

BALLINA residents say they've been lobbying state governments for an indoor sports centre for almost two decades.

Now, a Ballina Greens candidate has promised to help deliver the project if elected at upcoming State election in March.

Tamara Smith said it is appalling Ballina, home to more than 40,000 residents, has no indoor centre when other towns across the state with smaller populations, such as Byron Bay, do have a facility.

"There is a desperate need for a dedicated indoor sports facility in Ballina that meets the needs of our growing population," she said.

"At present, there is no indoor sports facility in Ballina and sporting groups are forced to use a single indoor court at Southern Cross High School that is inadequate to meet their needs and growing membership.

"For nearly 20 years, members of the Ballina Basketball Association and other local sporting groups have been lobbying for the construction of a new indoor sports facility. …

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