Ski Jump halted for Lennox Head
Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin today announced that the State Government would not proceed with the multipurpose sports development (or ‘Lennox Head Ski Jump’) at the proposed Lake Ainsworth site.
“I support this project being built in regional NSW. At the right location, the facility would provide a much-needed boost for local jobs and businesses, while supporting Australia’s elite athletes. But it’s clear this project is not a fit for this local community,” Mr Franklin said.
“The Lennox Head community have made their views known on the ski jump and I stand unequivocally with them. The facility was not appropriate for Lennox Head and it will not be built here,” he said.
Mr Franklin, along with local Liberal MLC Catherine Cusack, made their clear views against the ski jump known to the highest levels of government.
Final confirmation that it would not be built at its current site was received after a meeting between Mr Franklin and Sports Minister Stuart Ayres late this week.
“The proposed ski jump and multi-purpose pool facility will not only help train a new generation of Australia’s top athletes in disciplines including aerial skiing, snow boarding and gymnastics, but offer enormous benefits for regional NSW,” Mr Ayres said.
“We’ve listened to the community and the facility will not proceed at its current site. We’re looking for an alternative site for this unique facility,” he said.
“When Gladys Berejiklian became Premier, she made it 100% clear that we would place the community first and that is exactly what we have done today,” Minister Ayres said.
Mr Franklin is thrilled with the outcome and that the community’s views have been heard.
“The Liberal and Nationals Government is one that listens and acts. We heard the message on the sell-off of public land at Suffolk Park so we stopped it. We heard the message about the old Mullumbimby Hospital site so we sold it to Council for one dollar to remain in the community’s hands forever,” Mr Franklin said.
“Today we acknowledge the united voices of Lennox Head and will start investigations immediately for a new location for the facility - hopefully in the Northern Rivers region.
“I thank the community for their advocacy - particularly Michelle Shearer who has led this debate at a community level in a strong and respectful way. It has been a pleasure working closely with her and other community leaders to achieve this outcome,” Mr Franklin said.