It is now looking more likely that the eastern road along the edge of Lake Ainsworth will be closed and transformed into a recreational park.
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:
- 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.
- 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
This means that, given the resolution to close the road has been passed, Lennox Head residents can expect to see works begin in the new year.
According to B Ward Councillor Jeff Johnson who moved the recision motion, ‘I’m optimistic that we’ve come to the end of what has been a long and protracted process. Lennox Head residents can now look forward in the new year to the beginning of works to create a beautiful recreational parkland in the eastern Lake Ainsworth precinct.’
Markets to return to Lake
At the same Council meeting in November Council resolved to return the markets to the Lake upon completion of works on the Lake Ainsworth precinct.
The Motion was moved by Cr Sharon Cadwallader and seconded by Cr Ben Smith
FOR VOTE – Cr Eoin Johnston, Cr Stephen McCarthy, Cr Nathan Willis, Cr Keith Williams, Cr Sharon Cadwallader and Cr Ben Smith
AGAINST VOTE – Cr David Wright, Cr Phillip Meehan and Cr Jeff Johnson ABSENT.
DID NOT VOTE – Cr Sharon Parry