Our March meeing which was our Annual Meeting was well attended by 24 members and 4 visitiors which included our 3 B Ward Councillors, one of whom (Sharon Cadwallader) chaired the election of officers. Our President Graham Shaw, Secretary Margaret Shaw and Treasurer Fred Goodman were returned to office with Shaun Eastment winning the ballot for Vice President. We passed an amendment to change the By Laws by removing proxy voting from future elections.
Our March ordinary meeting was held following this meeting. Much discussion was given to the Cycleway/Recreational Pathway. Our preference for the cycleway to be given priority came from the safety of cyclists between Lennox Head and Ballina and the fact that there already exists a well-used public walkway along the coast, albeit one that needs rejuvenation.
Since our meeting 100% funding from the Roads & Maritime Services has been announced for the Shared Path/Cycleway from Skennars Head to Tara Downs to go ahead in this financial year and Council has funding for Angels Beach to Headlands Drive so things are looking up!
Another matter of concern to us was that cyclists are not using their bell to alert those walking ahead of their approach.
Councillor Jeff Johnson advised of a Council Finance meeting the day after our meeting so we organised for members to attend this to ensure that our preference of a western Coast Road cycleway was understood.
Councillors explained that the Car Parking Contributions Plan for 2014 document is now available for public consultation and as Lennox Head is included in this and that this is where funding is available it could be a good start to our Village Renewal Plan. We plan to make comment as parking, which is inadequate now will, become even more so in the future as our village population plus visitors increase.
Locally we are concerned about the Beach Access at the end of Rutherford Street where a nicely grassed track across the dune ends in a kamikaze drop to the beach which is getting worse daily. Many older folk would find it impossible to negotiate. A meeting is planned with Council to construct a suitable all seasons access at this point. Also Ross Park is a disgrace and needs a complete make-over as it is a focal point in the village and not a good sight. Our Coastcare Group is happy to assist especially in maintaining whatever Council will do but progress is slow.
Congratulations to Cr. Sharon Cadwallader who received an award for an Elected Representative from a Rural or Regional Council at the Awards for Women in Local Government in NSW.
Our April meeting will be on Monday 7th in the Activity Room in the Community Centre at 7PM. Like to see you there!