'Surf Club home needs saving'

DESPITE its majestic location at Seven Mile Beach, the Lennox Head and Alstonville Surf Life Saving Club is in a bad state.

There are so many things wrong with the building that knocking it down and constructing a new one is believed to be the best option.

Ballina Shire Council acknowledges a new surf club for Lennox Head is a priority.

But it already has commitments to other important projects, such as the new Ballina clubhouse and the new Marine Rescue tower.

No money has been allocated for capital works at the Lennox surf club. But that's something that B Ward councillor Peter Moore wants to change.

At this month's ordinary council meeting, he will call on councillors to support a motion to set aside the money from the sale of two council-owned blocks of land in Ross St for the surf club.

The council recently agreed to sell the two blocks to the State Government for $1.3 million. The sale hasn't been popular with locals, but Cr Moore says quarantining the money for the surf club could go some way to appeasing residents. "I am not going to give up on this," he said. "Putting aside that $1.3 million for the surf club will make a significant difference.

"Council has now said twice that it wants to sell the Ross St land, so let's just put that money into the right place."

Cr Moore's motion will be debated at the ordinary council meeting on April 26. A protest will be held at the Lennox Head markets this Sunday at 11am, organised by Cr Jeff Johnson and local residents who are opposed to the sale of the land.

There will also be a petition that people can sign if they object to the sale.



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