Lake road fight to remain local?
THE group lobbying to have the eastern road at Lake Ainsworth, Lennox Head, closed does not think the State Government will overrule Ballina Shire Council's decision to close the road, but they have taken out some insurance by seeking the support of their local State representative.
The Lake Ainsworth Interest Group (LAIG) is made up of the Lennox Head Residents' Association, the Ballina Environment Society and Lennox Head Landcare.
Members of the group last week met with State Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith, to put forward their reasons for supporting the council's decision to close the road, which is on Crown Land.
However this follows comments by the NSW Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres, who described the decision to close the road as odd.
Lennox Head-based MLC Catherine Cusack also expressed her belief that the move was: "so dumb".
Speaking on behalf of the LAIG, Dr Lyn Walker said she wasn't concerned that the State Government would step in and reverse council's decision, even with comments like those coming from State representatives.
"It's a council matter. It's always been a council matter," she said.
Dr Walker also said proof that the issue was unlikely to be taken over by the State Government was that Ballina council had already completed new car parks to compensate for the loss of parking once the eastern road closes.
Ms Smith said she met with the LAIG to listen to their concerns. However, she also agreed that it was not likely the State Government would step in.
The road connects Lennox Head with the State Government's Sport and Recreation Centre.