A proposal similar to the Lennox Head ski jump has previously been put forward for Jindabyne in the Snowy Monaro Regional Council area.
‘About eight years ago there was a proposal to build a ski training jump and pool at the Dept of Sport and Recreation camp in Jindabyne,’ said local Jindabyne resident John Browne.
‘The proposal was put up by some local skiers whose children were involved in competitive skiing.
‘I was involved with the design of a ski jump and pool on land next to the Dept of Sport and Recreation camp in Jindabyne. The proposal never came to fruition although a design was completed. I’m not exactly sure why but in part it was due to the accidental death of one of the main proponents, Rob Kneller.
‘Sport and Rec were certainly aware of it. An Olympic committee was also involved.’
The Echo contacted the administrator of the Snowy Monaro Regional council, Dean Lynch, and asked if he had heard of the proposal.
’No I haven’t heard of this idea for this area,’ said Lynch.
‘We are an events area and we are trying to promote year round tourism. We are currently developing our strategy for year round tourism and an initiative like this would be welcome.’
Lennox Head community members have reacted positively to the news that Jindabyne would welcome this development.
‘We believe they have the same capacity in Jindabyne as we do here in Lennox – Jindabyne has a Sport and Rec Camp too – plus the locals would love it there,’ said Michelle Shearer from the Lennox Head Against the Ski Jump action group.
‘We understand that the water may be colder in Jindabyne than In Lennox but they can heat the water for greater comfort.
‘We vehemently object to the ski jump being installed in Lennox Head. We urge anyone who would like to make their feelings heard to email the Council while there is still time:
1. Write an email to Council that outlines your concerns about the ski jump.
2. You must cite the DA number: 010.2017.00000216.001
3. Address it to the General Manager, Ballina Shire Council.
4. Email address: [email protected]’
Monaro MP John Barillaro who represents the Jindabyne community was contacted by The Echo for comment. Barillaro’s office referred The Echo to the Minister for Sport Stuart Ayers preferring not to comment on how and why the decision was made for the ski jump to be located at Lennox Head rather than his own electorate.