Lennox land sale funds not for club

A MOVE to set aside money from the controversial sale of council-owned land in Ross St at Lennox Head for the future redevelopment of the surf lifesaving club has been rejected.

Ballina Shire councillor Peter Moore put forward the motion at last week's Council meeting.

It would have quarantined the $1.3 million from the sale of the two blocks for the Lennox Head Alstonville Surf Life Saving Club.

But the motion was defeated.

Cr Moore said it was a disappointing outcome.

"I had really strong support from Mayor Phillip Silver and David Wright on the issue," he said.

"The surf club plays a unique and important role in the community.

"The (Ross St) land is going to be sold, so I would rather the funds stayed in this community.

"If we, as a council, put $1.3 million on the table, it gives us a strong opportunity to go togovernment and lobby for the additional funds."

Instead the Council will receive a report on the funding needed to have the Lennox Head surf club redevelopment "shovel ready", including planning consent.

This will enable the Council to apply for government funding for the project.

Meanwhile Greens MP David Shoebridge visited Lennox Head at the weekend to talk with Greens councillor Jeff Johnson about the sale of the Ross St land.

The Council has voted to sell the two blocks to the North Coast Accommodation trust, which will allow the Lake Ainsworth Holiday Park to expand in the future.

Cr Johnson said more than 1000 people had signed a petition opposing the sale, and he handed it to Mr Shoebridge on Saturday.

Mr Shoebridge said it was a classic example of the State Government expanding the "commercial interests of its property portfolio and redeveloping its caravan parks".

"I'll be tabling the petition in Parliament and asking Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner, who will be making a decision about the sale, whether he was aware that the local community is against the sale," he said.

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