Wave of protest at Lennox water tank
LENNOX HEAD residents say a proposal to build a 6m-high and 26m-wide water tank at Kings Court Reserve would 'steal' an important community space.
Ballina Shire Council is preparing an environmental impact statement on the plan, which is part of a major expansion to the recycled water reuse scheme.
According to the council, this will provide 'dual reticulation in future large subdivisions 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'.
Yesterday about 20 residents gathered at the proposed reservoir site to protest at the plan.
“Kings Court has been an existing open reserve for kids to grow up for over 35 years,” said resident Ian Watt.
He said only four nearby residents were notified of the proposal, even though about 13 homes overlook the park and will be directly affected by the new structure.
“We are angry. We've started an action group,” Mr Watt said.
They have written to the councillors and mayor Phil Silver, local MP Don Page and, if need be, will go to the State Government. Mr Watt said the developer needed to be accountable.
The council's civil services group manager, John Truman, said residents would be able to make formal submissions.
“The EIS is for a range of works, and the reservoir is included in that,” he said.
“The project is a massive undertaking, but nothing is finalised at this stage.”
Mr Truman confirmed Kings Creek Reserve was the 'preferred site'.
“There will be a formal exhibition process, probably in October,” he said.
But grandmother and local resident of 27 years, Teresa Kellier, said it was a public space for the community. She said children played football in the park.
“They are trying to steal something very important in our lives, and not being very truthful about it,” she said.