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. Council is currently preparing a development application in respect of the proposed works and construction will commence once the development consent has been finalised. 

The popular 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 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 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 more formalised carparking.

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:
  • 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.

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
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

Contact: Civil Services Group Ph 6686 1497.



Page reviewed Wednesday 25 October 2017.


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