The long-running and sometimes bitter battle over the future of Lake Ainsworth between two opposing groups in Lennox Head continued this week, with a rally at the Lake last weekend by between 200 and 300 people in favour of keeping the road open.
While the rally remained mainly informative and friendly, reports of an effigy of the Mayor being burned turned some fence sitters away.
At the other end of town, a group in favour of closing the road and creating a parkland, as outlined in the Council DA, set up an information stall near the bus shelter offering what they called ‘factual information’ on Council’s parkland plans.
As the week unfolded another Lake conversation emerged on social media as people shared stories of their experiences with gastric illness following swimming in the Lake. Dozens of people claimed to have fallen seriously ill for several days after swimming in the Lake. While these stories are not new, and locals claim to have been aware of the holiday phenomenon for years, it does add a new dimension to the whole ‘Health of the Lake’ discussion.
Today, however, the release of the latest Lake water assessment shows the water to be AOK for swimming.
If you have an opinion about the Lake Road closure, you must make your submission to Council by 4.30 pm on Monday 29 January.