Bigger oval a possibility

AN INVESTIGATION into the possibilities of extending the playing surface of Oakes Oval has been approved unanimously by Lismore City Council.

The motion, presented by Cr Neil Marks, will investigate work required, so the playing surface could accommodate sports such as AFL and cricket at the upper levels of competition.

Costs, grant availability and other areas of upgrade required -such as lighting- will also be part of further investigation by Council.

"Council has been approached by both Queensland and New South Wales AFL associations, identifying a series of events that could take place at Oakes Oval, provided the playing surface area is increased," Cr Marks said.

"Funding may be provided (by AFL organisations) to assist with expansion works", he said.

An upgrade would also allow AFL teams to bring their pre-season training to Lismore.

Cr Graham Meineke commented on the chance of the cricket field being also upgraded to accommodate more games.

"I presume that the cricket field we have at Oakes Oval is one of the smallest fields in the world," he said.

Cr Vanessa Ekins highlighted the need to ensure any lighting upgrade is done to energy efficient technology.

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