Dr Lyn Walker, Lennox Head.
Your piece on Sunday’s protest at Lake Road, Lennox Head, is a very one sided article.
Three long-standing community groups – Ballina Environment Society, Lennox Head Land Care and Lennox Head Residents Association – support what has been a council resolution voted on nine times since 2006.
The three pro road closure councillors who stood for re-election last year were returned with massive majorities. Not so those two who campaigned on keeping the road open.
All consultants reports and council plans since 2000 have confirmed problems with the east road, most notably safety concerns for recreational users ,especially children, and environmental concerns for riparian zones and stormwater management. All expert consultants and scientists recommend no parking there.
There has been considerable misinformation from Keep the Road Open group, ranging from level of support in the community to misunderstanding of scientific data regarding the lake health. They have consistently tried a push polling type of approach claiming restricted access for all sorts of people but, most despicably, that the disabled will not have access to the lake despite frequently published plans showing the contrary.
They have had many opportunities to convince council with their arguments and have failed to do so. Most local shops displayed their petition the first time around but very few are now displaying their rally flyers. They persistently bother holiday makers.
They have in the past proposed bulldozing into the protective dunes and still propose filling in the lake to make more room so that they can park in that very narrow space.
In the last few weeks and days there has been vandalism, calls for sabotage, support for over 50 per cent illegal parking in that fragile environment.
It’s not a community group, it seldom bothers to identify or authorise its handiwork, its a rabble.