Lennox Head Residents’ Association, April 17

On 6 March we welcomed almost 100 attendees to our Annual General and monthly meetings in the Community Centre Auditorium, provided by Ballina Shire Council (BSC) Community Spaces at concession.

Congratulations to our new Executive team of President Monica Wilcox (defeated Jim Gilchrist), Vice President Shaun Eastment, Secretary Bob Wilcox, Treasurer Tom Berry and Public Officer Geoffrey Wegg (all elected unopposed) plus Committee members Malcolm Milner, Jane Leete and Kelly Saunderson.

In his final President’s report, Graham Shaw spoke of many LHRA Inc achievements and future challenges including finalization of the Lake Ainsworth precinct, community consultation for the Village Renewal Plan, proposed Ski Jump facility at Sport and Recreation, proposed Newrybar Swamp Road Sand Mining, Ocean Breeze and Williams Reserves plans.

Graham said his decision to step down from any Association executive role was influenced directly by disparate groups with opposing views to specific issues and the nature, methodology and processes of the conduct of Association business. He emphasized, ‘the Association is not a vehicle to contest aggressively with Council,’ rather to work collaboratively to achieve best outcomes on positions determined by its members. He added that ‘objectivity and fairness are the hallmarks of respect.’

Newrybar Swamp Road Sand Mining. Amelia Hicks of the No Sand Mine for Lennox group, advised that the proposed new sand mine on the eastern side of Newrybar Swamp Road anticipates extracting 3.2 million tonnes over 25 years in an area triple the size of Lake Ainsworth. Truck movements could be 640 daily. Concerns are environmental compliance, damage to the land, potential increased flooding, water contamination, road safety and damage, noise and exhaust pollution. Information at No Sand Mine for Lennox face book page.

BSC Report

Significant Tree Register. $50,000 was allocated to prepare a register in consultation with the community who may write to BSC requesting trees’ inclusion.

Kings Court Water Reservoir and Playground was considered for bbqs and shade sails.

Join us, share your views and hear our news on Mondays 3 April, 1 May and 5 June 2017 from 7pm in the CWA Hall.

Feedback is encouraged by email to lhrainc@gmail.com or facebook at Lennox Head Residents’ Association.

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