Ball games are back on new flood resilient stadium floor

ABOVE: Casino Indoor Sports Stadium Coordinator Richard Campbell joins Mayor Robert Mustow and a group of  basketballers at the stadium in Casino. Photo: Contributed

If you saw the buckled floor of the Casino Indoor Sports Stadium after the floods, you’d know what a big job it was to get the stadium open again.

The floor was severely damaged by the floods of February 2022. Now there is a new Pulastic floor which will be resilient to future flooding.

Richmond Valley Mayor Robert Mustow is a keen basketballer and he was looking forward to trying out the new floor surface at the stadium.

“The stadium was greatly missed while the repairs were underway, as it provides wonderful opportunities for everyone from kids to seniors,” Mr Mustow said.

Competitions in basketball, netball, futsal and volleyball are restarting in the coming weeks.

Facility manager Gary Ellem said the new floor provided a high-impact sports surface for various uses and would allow more activities to be staged at the stadium.

New stadium coordinator Richard Campbell is ready to open the doors.

“Richard began his fitness career as an instructor in Casino and was part of the premiership-winning Casino Cougars side in 1985,” Mr Ellem said.

“Richard’s most recent position was at Southern Cross University managing gyms at Lismore, Coffs Harbour and the Gold Coast.”

The stadium provides a large, enclosed area with high ceilings, ventilation, and two full-sized courts equipped for multi-sport activities. Wheelchair access is available to the stadium, alongside shower and toilet facilities and a central curtain to allow different activities.

The stadium can be hired from the council for events and recreational activities.

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