Lake Ainsworth Foreshore Improvement Works

Interpretive Illustration of Lake Ainsworth South Eastern Precinct

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

The 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, which will be bitumen sealed.
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 lodged a Part V application under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act for the Lake Ainsworth Foreshore Improvement Works. This has now been approved. 

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.

Stage 1: Southern road precinct 

This stage will introduce additional parking for Lake visitors and be completed before the eastern road is closed.

Other works include:

  • formalisation of the roadside carparking
  • bitumen sealing of Camp Drewe Road
  • restoration and revegetation of the eroded foreshore areas.

Budget:  $900,000
Anticipated timeline: October - December 2018

Stage 2: Eastern road precinct

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.

Other works will include:

  • closure of the Lake Ainsworth eastern road to vehicles
  • 3m wide accessible pathway
  • BBQ facilities and picnic areas
  • sandstone block seats amongst open spaces
  • increased grassed areas
  • improved stormwater quality management systems
  • restoration and revegetation of the eroded foreshore areas.

Budget:  $880,000 including Stage 3.
Anticipated timeline: February - May 2019

Stage 3: Roundabout construction

The third stage will ensure better traffic flow, and include: 

  • roundabout construction adjacent to the Lennox Head - Alstonville Surf Life Saving Club 
  • architectural features for road and path surfacing.

Budget:  Included with Stage 1. 
Anticipated timeline: May - June 2019

Further information

Civil Services Group Ph 1300 864 444.



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Page reviewed Tuesday 4 September 2018. 


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