Lake Ainsworth road back on council agenda
THE road to the east of Lake Ainsworth will once again come before Ballina Shire Council tomorrow, with a new bid to keep the road open.
Cr Ben Smith will be asking his colleagues to support the construction of a "concrete shared path suitable for vehicular access".
He also calls for "revegetation and a swale for water sensitive draining initiatives in the Lake Ainsworth South Eastern Precinct Upgrade project".
This follows the council's decision last year to close the road leading to the NSW Sport and Recreation Centre, and turn it into public open space - even knocking back a request from the NSW Office of Sport to keep the road open.
The decision was made to close the road in a bid to reduce the stormwater run-off running into the lake with the aim of looking after the health of the water body which has suffered several major blue-green algae outbreaks in recent years.
After that decision was made, the Stop the Lake Road Closure Committee was formed.
Pip Carter is the spokesman for that group, saying he was approached by a local business person concerned with the effect the road closure would have on visitors to the town.
The group has collected 1300 signatures opposing the road's closure.
Jeanette McDevitt, a member of the committee, said people had been using the eastern foreshore of the lake for many years, driving vehicles down for picnics or using the roadway to push wheelchairs and prams.
Mr Carter said there were concerns closing the road and creating a public open space in that area could turn it into a "hot spot" for anti-social behaviour, it would create traffic problems in nearby streets and there would be little parking near the lake. There were also safety concerns over the proposed road through the caravan park.
He said they all could have the potential to turn people off visiting Lennox, and spending money in the town.
The group's option is for the road to be done up so it can be ruled out as being a problem to the lake.
However Lennox Head resident Melitta Firth said she wanted the road to be closed.
"It's important for the health of the lake," she said.
"It's dated at 150,000 years old - I would rather look after it."