The planned redevelopment of the Lennox Head Surf Club has been fast-tracked with $400,000 allocated for its planning yesterday from the spoils of the recent controversial $1.36 million sale of council land opposite the club in Ross Street.
In the first meeting of the newly elected Ballina Shire Council yesterday, mayor David Wright’s move for the allocation to kickstart the $5 million redevelopment was backed unanimously.
Cr Wright told councillors the sale proceeds of the two blocks of land in Ross Street, which council in June resolved to use for the surf club and Lake Ainsworth precinct, had now been received and would allow for tenders to be called for the design and planning.
The balance of the $1.36 million will be used for the project further down the track.
‘Overall, there is across-the-board support for a proposal that would see plans for the surf club redevelopment in place, along with detailed planning for improved drainage on the eastern side of Lake Ainsworth, increased car parking and likely closure of the eastern road,’ he said.
Cr Wright said state and federal funding of around $3 million would be sought with council kicking in around $2 million of the estimated $5 million total cost of the project.
‘This is considered to be a realistic goal for council to pursue,’ he said.
‘Time is considered paramount for this project and even though we have not
reviewed the entire priorities for this council, with a large part of our funding
already available it is timely for council to advance the planning for this
Cr Wright said the design process would also examine the possible closure of the eastern road, as per council’s adopted Lake Ainsworth Master Plan.