Lake Road Closure Set For Next Week

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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.

Council’s statement:

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

Budget: $900,000

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.

 

9 Responses

  1. Dr Lyn Walker

    I think that the vandalism in red paint or any other medium should be condemned and I hope Council will prosecute the offenders/organisers. Furthermore, the message that the toilet will be removed is a lie and it goes along with the verbal abuse and intimidation that has been happening. to anyone in the street who speaks out for the parkland. This unacceptable behaviour is only to be expected from the organisers and small minority who consistently misrepresent the facts. I am sorry that some people have believed them. Checkout the plans in the community centre and see for yourself the nonsense that is being spread about. I am encouraged to see that most businesses in the village this time have chosen not to participate in the political arena. i applaud their professionalism. The Wave should follow suit and not encourage people to support the big lie. I believe that the Wave had a reporter at a recent meeting of keep the road supporters which was heard loudly shouting and openly encouraging “sabotage” as they called it. Was there any voice advising peaceful protest? Reporting is one thing. encouraging one side and misreporting the other is another thing.
    The parkland is not to reduce cars and people as is written here. The people reduction bit is keep the road open propaganda. It is to keep vehicles out to encourage people to have a wonderful, safe park for themselves and their children. It is to repair riparian zones and manage stormwater in the only way that will be acceptable to government environmental authorities. Fill and dredge is not acceptable for this lake.

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    • Helen Fry

      Hi Lyn, please let me know where did we ‘misreport’? As soon as you give me the details I will amend. Also, please let me know who this so-called ‘reporter’ is, shouting this and who told you about this. Only fair to provide your sources? The Lennox Wave has absolutely no position on the road closure and we have gone to great lengths to be fair. Despite my ongoing commitment to equal fair reporting, both sides of this argument have accused The Lennox Wave of being biased towards the other side.

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    • Kathy Platt

      I have always supported the road remaining open (and I am one of many who belong to Friends Of The Lake and clean up rubbish every Monday morning ) We as a group hold different views but are respectful of each other’s opinions. BUT now I just wish the lake foreshores to be repaired and the council to do the best for all stakeholders. .. the community and this beautiful lake. I felt very, very sad to see the red and white paint on the footpaths and toilets. The emotional responses on both “sides” has been felt by many and I hope the rally can be held in a peaceful, non judgemental manner.

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  2. Bob w

    The red paint vandalism was also in village itself, not only at the lake. Hopefully they will clean it, but expect ratepayers will pay.

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  3. Paul Haselgrove

    My partner and I use the road in question as often as we can (most nights) winter or summer It s obvious, especially in warmer weather, weekends and holidays that access and convenience for all users of the lake will be seriously compromised by the road closure There is simply not enough parking to accommodate the number of people who wish to enjoy the lake and its facilities This is a backward step for the residents and visitors to Lennox Head as the lack of parking will inevitably reduce access and usage of the lake area. Frustrated visitors will simply find somewhere else to go If this is what the councilors are hoping to achieve they will be successful

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  4. Paul Haselgrove

    My partner and I use the road in question as often as we can (most nights) winter or summer It s obvious, especially in warmer weather, weekends and holidays that access and convenience for all users of the lake will be seriously compromised by the road closure There is simply not enough parking to accommodate the number of people who wish to enjoy the lake and its facilities This is a backward step for the residents and visitors to Lennox Head as the lack of parking will inevitably reduce access and usage of the lake area. Frustrated visitors will simply find somewhere else to go If this is what councilors are hoping to achieve they will be successful

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  5. Ben Hope

    Question: Why was Council in such a hurry to overturn their own decision to look at different options? Answer: Clr Johnson, Caldwallader and crony friends treat the local community with contempt. Shame shame shame.

    From The Lennox Wave, Nov 2016:

    “Back in September (after the election of several new councillors), Ballina Shire Council resolved to suspend previous approvals to close the eastern Lake Ainsworth road and instead to write to the NSW Minister of Sport to request information on where it stands with regard to the road closure.

    The motion which was carried was as follows:

    1. That Council write to the NSW Minister for Sport to request the Department provide its preferred options, including financial support, for maintaining access via the East Road and enhancing the amenity of the Eastern precinct of Lake Ainsworth.
    2. That Council take no further action in relation to the proposed closure of the East Road until negotiations with the State Government have been finalised and a set of options are available for consideration.

    However, at the recent November meeting a motion was put and carried to rescind the above motion.

    FOR VOTE – Cr David Wright, Cr Phillip Meehan, Cr Jeff Johnson, Cr Stephen McCarthy and Cr Sharon Cadwallader

    AGAINST VOTE – Cr Eoin Johnston, Cr Nathan Willis, Cr Keith Williams and Cr Ben Smith

    ABSENT. DID NOT VOTE – Cr Sharon Parry”

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