Have your say on Lake Ainsworth

The public will have another chance to comment on Ballina Councils master plan for Lake Ainsworth next month.

Councils environment committee (including all councillors) will meet at the Lennox Head Sport and Recreation Centre on Wednesday, April 12, at 5pm.

More than 90 submissions on the plan have been received, with many objecting to the reduction in public space around the lake.

Lennox Head Residents Association president, Brian Smith, said that while people had been asked to select one of three options, none of them satisfied the communitys wish for more open space.

Its really one plan with three variations, he said. But residents and tourists need adequate access to the lake and we say you can still have that by moving the caravan park slightly westward. This can be done within the reserve, and it would make more space at the eastern end for picnic tables and parking.

Mr Smith said most people hed spoken to agreed the road needed to be re-aligned and re-cambered to stop runoff from the bitumen going straight into the lake.

Were hoping to convince Council at the meeting that the options they have put forward dont meet the majority of peoples wishes and that improvements can be made while still keeping the caravan park viable, he said. After all, the caravan park is a source of income that can be spent on improving the lake.


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