Land sale sparks protest

ABOUT 60 Lennox Head residents protested against Ballina Shire Council's plans to sell off 1050sqm of public land by conducting a sit-in last Sunday at the Ross St site.

Ballina Shire councillor and protest organiser Jeff Johnson spoke to the crowd and called on them to sign a petition against the sale.

Cr Johnson and community groups, including the Lennox Head Residents Association, have been outraged by the proposed sale as it would see State-owned Lake Ainsworth Holiday Park build cabin accommodation on the land.

"Ballina council is handing the land to them (the NSW Government) on a plate with a discounted price tag. It's an absolute disgrace," Cr Johnson said.

Lennox Head's population has been predicted to double within two decades and Cr Johnson said such public land would be needed.

"This land is needed to provide future amenity to an already congested precinct. It will need to be used for things like parking.," he said.

However, the $1.3m from the sale of the two blocks next to the Lake Ainsworth caravan park could also be used for an upgrade of the nearby surf club.

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