Lake Ainsworth South Eastern Precinct Project

Interpretive Illustration of Lake Ainsworth South Eastern Precinct

Ballina Shire Council is seeking to improve the Lake Ainsworth’s south eastern precinct for current and future generations. 

The proposed recreational area upgrade will include additional barbeques, pathways, picnic tables, formalised parking, erosion rehabilitation and landscaping. 
Vehicle access to the eastern road will no longer be available, except for emergency vehicles. A pedestrian walking path will be provided through the eastern precinct. Vehicles wanting to access the Sport and Recreation Centre will need to use Camp Drewe Road on the western side of Lake Ainsworth.
The upgrade will provide improved access for the disabled persons and mobility impaired. This will be achieved by the construction of pedestrian facilities that meet contemporary disabled standards, and this includes the full length of the path proposed for the eastern side of the lake. Ramps providing access to the water are proposed for both the southern and eastern foreshores. New disabled parking facilities will be provided on the southern road and in the area adjacent to the junction of the eastern path and southern road.
The $1.7M investment is set to improve the overall amenity of the south eastern precinct, increase the green space areas available for recreational use. The landscape design improves environmental outcomes by incorporating water sensitive
design. Removal of road pavement opens up the area for green space and the restoration of riparian vegetation.
By closing the eastern road people using this location will be able to spend time enjoying the Lake and the surrounding amenity without the inconvenience and risk associated with vehicles moving through the precinct. 
We know that some of the community is concerned about the loss of carparking in this precinct, that is why we have recently upgraded Ross Street to provide the additional parking. Council has also constructed carparking in Pacific Parade opposite of the Lennox Head - Alstonville Surf Life Saving Club. Importantly, the second stage of this project will also provide formalised carparking along the southern road.

Part V Assessment of Environmental Impact of Lake Ainsworth Foreshore Improvements Works

Council has lodged a Part V application under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act for the Lake Ainsworth Foreshore Improvement Works.

Any interested person can make a submission in relation to any aspect of the proposal which can be viewed at the Lennox Head Library, Council’s Customer Service Centre or weblink below:

Note: Council is the determining authority for the Part V application. Council as a regulatory body has clear separations of powers, and our assessment team objectively work on applications in accordance with legislation.

Eastern road precinct 

Timeline: deferred until updated approval is obtained.
The road closure of the eastern road precinct will comprise water main relocation followed by path construction and landscaping. The path will be completed in sections to ensure the space is still accessible and usable for pedestrians. The additional amenities will include:
  • rehabilitation of the Lake Ainsworth eastern road
  • 3m wide accessible pathway
  • wheelchair ramp to lake
  • picnic areas
  • sandstone block seats amongst some open spaces
  • increased grassed areas
  • restoring and revegetating of the eroded foreshore areas.

Budget:  $800,000 including roundabout (see below).

Southern road precinct

  • formalisation of the carpark to create additional parking
  • restoration and revegetation of the eroded foreshore areas
  • BBQ facilities and picnic areas.
Budget:  $900,000

Roundabout construction

  • roundabout construction adjacent to the Lennox Head - Alstonville Surf Life Saving Club
  • architectural features for road and path surfacing.
Budget:  Included with Eastern Road (see above).

Further information

Civil Services Group Ph 1300 864 444.



Page reviewed Monday 5 March 2018.


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