Last chance for Lake Ainsworth road
THE road adjacent to Lake Ainsworth's eastern bank in Lennox Head will be back in the spotlight this Saturday when the group campaigning to keep it open holds a muster day.
Ballina Shire Council, as mangers of the Crown Land the road is on, has already decided to close the road to protect the freshwater lake, which has had outbreaks of blue-green algae over the years, and that could happen as early as May.
That decision has been supported by the Lennox Head Residents' Association and Lennox Head Landcare.
The theory is the road and associated road base is compacting the sand, not allowing the natural underground flow of water from the lake to the beach.
A spokesman for the Stop the Road Closure Committee, Pip Carter, said the group also wants to protect the treasured lake, but questioned whether the road was impacting on the flow of water.
He cites the council's own reports which show increases and decreases in the water level of the lake.
He said the council should make improvements to the road, and keep the access open, a position also supported by NSW Sport and Recreation, which wants access via the eastern road to the Lake Ainsworth centre.
The group argues closing the road will lead to the area becoming a hub for anti-social behaviour, restrict access for emergency services and cause traffic problems in the neighbouring area.
The group collected about 2000 signatures on a petition in support of keeping the road open, but Saturday's muster day was "make or break" for the committee.
Mr Carter said he wanted to give community members a chance to have their say, but if few people turn up, he'd have "egg on his face".