Lennox Head Residents’ Association May 16

Selfish vandals steal safety barriers. Coast Care members are dismayed that irresponsible persons have removed wooden safety barriers to the beach and around storm water outlets. Readers with knowledge of these crimes should report the matter direct to Ballina Police on 6681 8699 or Police Assistance Line on 131444.

Shade covers for picnic tables. Ballina Shire Council (BSC) has indicated they will meet half the cost of one shade if satisfied with the design and quote presented. Funding for further covers for existing tables will require later LHRA requests.

BMX Track. Residents with properties adjacent to Ocean Breeze Reserve outlined objections to the proposed BMX track there. Concerns include ease of access, drainage, supervision of users, lack of involvement in planning processes, removal of the open passive area and lack of toilet or drinking facilities. Designs are being finalised for consideration by BSC during April and consultation with affected residents, via letter box drop. The track is for under 10 year olds with half metre jumps, some corners and a short straight stretch.  It will be part shaded, is low key and low impact.

Eastern Precinct of Lake Ainsworth. Copies of the proposed design are available from BSC or via the following link: http://www.ballina.nsw.gov.au/cp_themes/default/page.asp?p=DOC-MDU-43-37-18. The LHRA’s May meeting will review and facilitate discussion of the development plan by way of a workshop.

Love Lennox Festival (4 June). We are interested to hear from people with knowledge of Lennox about the early days, such as surfing, land development and village establishment. Also, new signage with a history of Lennox since 1922 will soon be erected on the sign in Ross Park. Our stall in the main street will cover the focus and future directions of the LHRA.

Shark Protection and Spotters’ Workshop.  A representative from Capetown Shark Spotters outlined their operations, which requires trained personnel observing from a headland and the beach. They have identified about 15 suitable sites in the Ballina-Byron Bay area. However, without support from the Department of Primary Industries (DPI), it appears BSC will not progress the initiative. A group of volunteers is keen to explore options further, with Lennox and Boulders Headlands noted as ideal locations.

Seven Mile Beach replenishment. An estimated 15 metres of Lennox Head sand remains at South Ballina due to the impact of the Ballina breakwater on ocean currents. Councillor K Williams advised DPI is planning to dredge Ballina bar, with deliberation on relocation of the 30,000 cubic metres of recovered ocean white sand. Options are Shelly Beach (cost by DPI), Sharpes Beach or Lennox, the latter two part-funded by BSC. It is anticipated that Shelly Beach placement will result in movement of sand back to Lennox over time, offsetting potential for future sand displacement from the beach in front of Lake Ainsworth. LHRA’s preferred position will be requested.

Upcoming meetings: Monday 2 May*, Monday 6 June 2016 and Monday 4 July from 7pm in the CWA Hall. Tea and coffee are provided and readers are invited to join us. *This meeting will be a workshop in the Lennox Community Centre.

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

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