The popular recreational area upgrade will include additional barbeques, pathways, picnic tables, formalised parking, erosion rehabilitationand landscaping.
Vehicle access to the eastern road will close from Monday 13 February but will remain open for pedestrians during and after the project’s completion. During the construction period, dog owners are encouraged to access the dog off-leash area on Seven Mile Beach at the Lennox Surf Club and head north along the sand. The eastern road will remain accessible for emergency and construction vehicles but vehicles accessing the Sport and Recreation Centre will need to use Camp Drewe Road on the western side of Lake Ainsworth. This $1.7m investment and road closure was resolved by Council at the Wednesday 25 January Council meeting. The project is set to improve the overall amenity of the south eastern precinct, increase the areas available for recreational use and improve the environmental outcomes through enhanced stormwater management systems. 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 inherent risk associated with vehicles moving through the precinct.
The project will consist of three distinct stages of work that will be carried out across 2017.
Stage one will commence following the road closure on Monday 13 February along the eastern road precinct, and 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 enhance the precinct for relaxation and recreation.
- closure of the Lake Ainsworth eastern road to vehicles
- 3m wide accessible pathway
- BBQ facilities and picnic areas
- sandstone block seats amongst some open spaces
- increased grassed areas
- improved stormwater quality management systems
- restoring and revegetating of the eroded foreshore areas
The second stage is expected to commence from 26 April 2017, being after Easter and the school holiday period, and will introduce additional parking for Lake visitors.
- formalisation of the carpark to create additional parking
- restoration and revegetation of the eroded foreshore areas
The third stage is expected to commence from 26 June 2017 and will ensure better traffic flow.
- roundabout construction adjacent to the Lennox Head- Alstonville Surf Club architectural features for road and path surfacing
To date Council has completed the upgrade to Ross Street (road reconstruction, road widening and car parking), along with providing additional car parking in Pacific Parade opposite and adjacent the Lennox Head Surf Club.
All members of the community are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the project plans and factsheets available on Council’s website.