Ballina council backs BMX track
JOHN Waygood is "devastated" Ballina Shire Council last week didn't reverse a previous decision to site a BMX bike track at Ocean Breeze Reserve in Lennox Head.
"I'm not against a BMX track - I've got nothing against kids getting outside and having fun," he said.
"But this is the only green area between three big estates. And where is the big demand? There aren't any kids coming here to ride their push bikes."
The proposal for the BMX track was brought to council by councillor Jeff Johnson on behalf of several local boys who surveyed their school friends.
When the original motion went to council, 19 of the 37 neighbouring residents put in submissions against the track, citing noise, safety issues and potential for anti-social behaviour as some of their arguments.
But Cr Johnson said last week's result was a good one. He said reserves, like the Ocean Breeze Reserve, were for the community to use for recreational facilities, like BMX riding.
He said the final design and location of the track would go back to the community for comment.