Multimillion-dollar investment delivers world-class baseball facility

Thursday, 22 February 2018

The NSW Government has announced $4.95 million to make Lismore the home of baseball in Australia.

Together with previously announced funding of $2 million from Lismore City Council, Baseball Australia and a Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Grant, the funding will deliver a major $6.95 million upgrade of the Albert Park Baseball Complex.

The redeveloped complex will be a national operational, events and high-performance training centre, and will become the premiere baseball facility in Oceania, placing Lismore on the world stage as a baseball hub.

Lismore City Council’s Tourism and Events Manager Mitch Lowe said the investment represents $10.5 million to the Lismore economy each year.

“This will be the biggest sports tourism investment Lismore has ever seen,” Mitch said.

“This will provide a huge economic boost for the local business community and is part of our push to become a regional sporting centre.

“Baseball Australia has committed to hosting a range of high-performance training and events at the facility over the next five years. The facility will not only see a huge influx of baseballers from all over the country, but will also see a wide range of Little League programs and a range of international teams utilising the facility for pre-training camps and events.”

In baseball circles, Lismore is regarded as one of the most significant regions in the country, with a reputation for nurturing and developing skilled players, providing quality facilities and running major competitions and events.

“The new Albert Park Baseball Complex will make Lismore a destination on the world stage for baseball, and the leading facility in Australia,” Mitch said.

“This development has been in the making for four years, and is only possible because of the dedicated work of volunteers and baseball enthusiasts over many decades, who have built up the facility and developed a strong baseball culture within our city. The support of Far North Coast Baseball and Far North Coast Softball has been instrumental in achieving this outcome.

“This redevelopment will revolutionise our baseball and softball facilities and is the kind of major development that will change the face of Lismore.”

Image: At the announcement of $4.95 million for the Albert Park Baseball Complex are local Little League and juniors baseball players with (rear l-r) Far North Coast Softball Secretary Dianne McGowen, Far North Coast Baseball life member Bill O’Sullivan, Baseball NSW CEO Mark Marino, Baseball Australia Chairman David Hynes, Lismore MP Thomas George, Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro, Lismore Mayor Isaac Smith, Lismore City Council General Manager Gary Murphy, Far North Coast Baseball Commissioner Paul Latta and Australian national team and Detroit Tigers player Zac Shepherd.

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