Lennox Head residents are calling on their community to support keeping the Lake Road accessible for all at a public rally this Sunday.
Organisers say there will be a march as well as live music at Lake Ainsworth, Lennox Head from 10.30am.
Co-organiser Monique Pollock says, ‘Council plans to close the road on February 13 and locals believe it may be the last time visitors can enjoy the freedom of unrestricted access to the lake precinct, as well the last chance to demonstrate that people want the road left open.’
‘The Eastern Lake Road is on NSW Crown Land, managed by Ballina Shire Council for the recreational use by all people.
‘Newly appointed NSW lands minister Paul Toole has been sent a change.org petition with more than 1,000 signatures, asking him to keep the road open.
‘Previously, the decision has been criticised by the NSW minister of sport, who labelled the decision as “odd”.
‘Locals are urging the council to upgrade the road and work on a best-practice functional plan to manage the whole lake environment and the people who visit.
‘Locals feel shutting the road, and not providing bins in that area, is not the answer in looking after the long-term health of the lake.
‘There have not been environmental studies done on the effect of increased traffic through the western road and the effects of increased patronage to the fragile environmental area.’