Mature melaleuca trees will be saved on the eastern road at Lake Ainsworth, Lennox Head.
Mature melaleuca trees will be saved on the eastern road at Lake Ainsworth, Lennox Head. Rebecca Lollback

New plan is for lake trees to stay

PLANS to remove melaleuca trees as part of the proposed redevelopment of the south-eastern precinct of Lake Ainsworth at Lennox Head have been scrapped.

The plan for the mature trees to be cut down has been raised as an issue by some who are in favour of the eastern road remaining open. With the proposed redevelopment of the area, the eastern road will close.

But Ballina Shire Council's general manager Paul Hickey confirmed the design team was "now of the opinion that the trees can be maintained and are finalising the design on that basis”.

A new map of the proposal appeared on council's website, with the trees included in the design.

Mr Hickey said there was no timeframe for the lodgement of the development application.

However, he did allay fears the DA for the controversial project would only be open for public comment over the Christmas holiday period.

"If the timing of the application means that it would normally be exhibited over the holiday period, we would look to extend that exhibition period to ensure that there is a reasonable timeframe for people to make submissions,” he said.


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