Funding boost for helicopter

On Tuesday night Lismore City Council allocated $10,000 to The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter to be put towards this years 4WD, Caravan, Camping and Marine Show which is run at the Lismore Showgrounds and results in accommodation in Lismore being fully booked out for the duration of the show.

Council also moved to negotiate with Lismore Unlimited Opportunities to allocate a further $10,000 towards the event to come out of its Special Business Rate Levy Variation promotion fund.

The Rescue Helicopter had originally asked for a commitment from Council of $20,000 for the next three years to be put towards direct marketing and enable the show to be taken to the next level.

The show attracts 10,000 visitors from a wide area including the mid north coast, the tablelands and south-east Queensland. The service indicated that there were shortcomings with the Lismore Showgrounds and they had been looking at other venues on the coast.

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