Long-awaited repairs fix Tea Gardens’ Elouera Park Lookout

For many months the Lions Lookout structure was unsound and ugly.

DAMAGE and vandalism have blighted Tea Gardens’ Elouera Park for months, but recent improvements have seen the former eyesore become a pleasant place to picnic once again.

Among the worst of the damage was that done to the structural integrity of the Lions Lookout, a popular and beautiful stopping place for the public, which was hit by an unidentified large vehicle back in January.

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For many months there was no certainty as to when the damage would be repaired, as a bright orange safety warning net was wrapped around the structure, sagging in place for months to come.

In May, after protracted Council attempts to secure a contractor, and several applications seeking remedy by the Hawks Nest/Tea Gardens Progress Association, the affected structure was repaired with new timber, and a new lease on life.

“The Progress Association had offered to help fix the damage, but that offer was declined by Council,” a Progress Association spokesperson told NOTA.

“In the meantime, the park has suffered further vandalism, namely the theft of a new solar light from the toilet block, which, upon inspection, would have required a considerable effort – they had to get onto the roof to tear it out so completely.”

“We are glad the structure has been repaired by Council’s contractors, and are continuing with looking at some substantive improvements to the park as a whole, including concepts like a totem bush walk, similar to Bulahdelah’s Mountain Park, and more family-friendly facilities.”

By Thomas O’KEEFE

Structural damage has been repaired, and the public may use the space again.

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