Council has released a statement that it will start work on the Lake road closure next Monday 13 February. A Lake Road closure sign has been erected at the intersection near the surf club, and it appears that it’s all systems go.
But for many it will be a sad day for Lennox Head, after months of campaigning to keep the road open, arguing for continued access for everyone to the eastern side of the Lake and dog beach, and voicing their fears of future overcrowding and lack of parking.
Rally to Keep the Road Open – Sunday 10.30
In a final attempt at stopping the closure, this group will rally at the Lake on Sunday 12 Feb from 10.30 am. They have made their position very clear through town in the lead up to the rally, with the creative use of some red paint and stencils. If you feel strongly about this, get along and make your voice heard. It looks like it could be the last chance you will get.
Support for a new parkland
In the other ‘corner’ are those who support the closure and look forward to the creation of a green parkland which will reduce access for cars and people and provide green recreational space, reduce erosion and protect the Lake. Plans which show details of the works are on display in the Community Centre foyer.
On Monday 13 February work will commence at Lake Ainsworth’s south eastern precinct to improve the space for future generations.
The popular recreational area upgrade will include additional barbeques, pathways, picnic tables, formalised parking, erosion rehabilitation and landscaping.
Vehicle access to the eastern road will close from Monday 13 February but will remain open for pedestrians during and after the project’s completion. During the construction period, dog owners are encouraged to access the dog off-leash area on Seven Mile Beach at the Lennox Surf Club and head north along the sand.
The eastern road will remain accessible for emergency and construction vehicles but vehicles accessing the Sport and Recreation Centre will need to use Camp Drewe Road on the western side of Lake Ainsworth.
This $1.7m investment and road closure was resolved by Council at the Wednesday 25 January Council meeting. The project is set to improve the overall amenity of the south eastern precinct, increase the areas available for recreational use and improve the environmental outcomes through enhanced stormwater management systems.
By closing the eastern road people using this location will be able to spend time enjoying the Lake and the surrounding amenity without the inconvenience and inherent risk associated with vehicles moving through the precinct.
The project will consist of three distinct stages of work that will be carried out across 2017.
Stage 1: eastern road precinct
Timeline to commence: Monday 13 February 2017 with substantial completion by 7 April 2017
Stage one will commence following the road closure on Monday 13 February along the eastern road precinct, and will comprise water main relocation followed by path construction and landscaping. The path will be completed in sections to ensure the space is still accessible and usable for pedestrians. The additional amenities will enhance the precinct for relaxation and recreation.
Budget: $800,000 including Stage 3
- closure of the Lake Ainsworth eastern road to vehicles
- 3m wide accessible pathway
- BBQ facilities and picnic areas
- sandstone block seats amongst some open spaces
- increased grassed areas
- improved stormwater quality management systems
- restoring and revegetating of the eroded foreshore areas
Stage 2: southern road precinct
Timeline to commence: Wednesday 26 April 2017 with substantial completion by 23 June 2017
The second stage is expected to commence from 26 April 2017, being after Easter and the school holiday period, and will introduce additional parking for Lake visitors.
- formalisation of the carpark to create additional parking
- restoration and revegetation of the eroded foreshore areas
Stage 3: roundabout construction
Timeline to commence: 26 June 2017 with substantial completion by early August 2017
The third stage is expected to commence from 26 June 2017 and will ensure better traffic flow.
Budget: Included with Stage 1
All members of the community are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the project plans and factsheets available on Council’s website ballina.nsw.gov.au (search Lake Ainsworth).
For further information, please contact John Truman, Group Manager Civil Services, Ph: 6686 4444.