Surfing reserve on a wave
THE bid to nominate Lennox Point as a national surfing reserve has moved ahead following a visit to Sydney by Ballina Shire councillor Alan Rich.
Cr Rich met recently in Sydney with the NSW Minister for Lands, Tony Kelly.
He personally invited the Minister to the opening ceremony for the proposed Lennox Point surfing reserve.
"I knew it was very early in the piece to extend an invitation but the opportunity was there while I was in Sydney attending the NSW annual Shires Association conference on behalf of the council," Cr Rich said.
If all goes according to Cr Rich's plan, Lennox Point would become Australia's third national surfing reserve after Maroubra and Angourie Point.
Cr Rich said that the Minister was genuinely enthusiastic about the plan for Lennox Point, saying the Government was a strong supporter of surfing reserves in NSW.
Cr Rich said making Lennox Point a national surfing reserve was largely a symbolic gesture.
It would not exclude any other groups from using the area. "The aim is to acknowledge the culture and heritage of surfing in Australia," he said.
The next step will be to approach Ballina Shire Council to endorse the official nomination to the Australian Surfing Reserves and Sites National Reference Group.