LENNOX HEAD residents have had a win after protesting at the location and size of a new water tower at Kings Court Reserve.
Neil Kennedy, president of the Kings Court Reserve Protection Group, said they were pleased Ballina Shire Council had listened to residents, who had been concerned that building the water tower would ‘steal’ an important community space.
They were also worried about the size of the water tower – it would have been six metres high by 26 metres wide.
But after reviewing the consultation process the council decided to go with a ‘hybrid’ option. This will incorporate a water tower and a pressure system.
But the proposed tank is much smaller at six metres by four metres.
New plans would also incorporate facilities such as a playground, toilets, covered seating areas and barbecues.
“Our concerns were acknowledged,” Mr Kennedy said at this month’s council meeting. “The amended proposal is a cheaper alternative and will substantially reduce the adverse impacts on our community.
“The council now has our full support.”
Fred Goodman, president of the Lennox Head Residents’ Association, also congratulated the council for taking the time to consider other options.
The council will now amend its environmental impact statement to reflect these changes.
Cr Sharon Cadwallader said the entire process had shown ‘community consultation in action’.
“This is a win-win situation,” she said.
Cr Alan Brown agreed, saying it was a ‘brilliant outcome’, while Cr Keith Johnson thanked staff for their ‘lateral thinking’ in helping to resolve the issue.
The new water tower is part of a major expansion to the council’s recycled water reuse scheme.
It will provide ‘dual reticulation in future large sub-divisions within the Ballina/Lennox Head area, and increased irrigation of urban open space and revegetation areas’.
The reservoir on Kings Court Reserve would receive ‘high quality recycled water’.
By 2026 the council hopes to provide urban dual reticulation to more than 7200 new lots.
The recycled water would be used, subject to final approval, for garden watering, toilet flushing, car washing, and the cold taps of washing machines.