New Pat Morton Lookout plan gets turfed
LANDSCAPING works started at Pat Morton Lookout at Lennox Head this week.
In October last year, Ballina Shire Council was forced to abandon planned connection works for the shared pathway after concerns were raised about the use of concrete on the iconic headland.
The council had proposed to concrete a 150sq m section along the front of the car park.
It was to be an extension of the new boardwalk.
But concerns were raised about the use of concrete at this important tourist attraction, with many people saying it would detract from the natural beauty of the site.
Works were postponed and council staff discussed other options with councillors.
It was decided at the May council meeting to scrap plans for the concrete path on Lennox Point.
Civil services group manager John Truman said the works now underway included the installation of wooden seats, kerbing, some reshaping of the slope, and a tougher, grassed walking surface being laid.
"The new kerb on the northern end of the carpark will improve the edge of the carpark and the drainage," he said. "We're also putting in a new turf to try to withstand foot traffic coming from the boardwalk, because the preference was to have grass instead of concrete.
"We'll be using kikuyu grass, which we hope will be stronger."
Mr Truman said civil works on the headland should be finished this week, with the turfing to follow straight afterwards.