Lennox councillors in action on sports field
TWO Ballina Shire councillors are trying to quash rumours that council staff are pushing to move sport away from the Lennox Head CBD and turn Williams Reserve into a village green.
The community earlier this year launched a Save Williams Reserve campaign, acting on a council proposal that the reserve be used for temporary car parking when the community centre is built at the grounds, and that the adjoining skate park encroach on the field.
A compromise was reached in March to allow Williams Reserve to be maintained as a sports field.
However, emails have been circulating among residents that the council is pushing an agenda to take sport off the field.
Lennox Head-based Cr Peter Moore will today put to council a motion on notice calling for council to maintain its long-term commitment to the current sporting layout of the reserve.
“It's about backing the community's wish and its needs,” he said.
Cr Alan Rich, also of Lennox Head, responded to the email, saying the decision of the council in adopting the Lennox Head Community Aspirations Strategic Plan several years ago only allowed for the reserve to become a village common after alternative sporting fields were available.
But Cr Moore said the Williams Reserve fields would still be needed.