The iconic Pat Morton Lookout at Lennox Head was almost paved in a large block of concrete last week but for a last-minute intervention from Greens Ballina Shire councillor Jeff Johnson.
Cr Johnson told Echonetdaily he was at the lookout on Thursday when he noticed a huge area in front of the carpark fenced off.
He said council staff told him that the 150-square-metre area was going to be covered in concrete the next day, so he contacted the GM and fellow councillors asking for their support to stop it
‘It would have ruined the area. Who wants up to five metres of concrete glaring back at them when they’re enjoying the magnificent view’, said Cr Johnson.
‘The loss of amenity, plus the extra glare and heat that the concrete would have generated, would have been totally unacceptable. We need to protect our iconic spots and ensure that any upgrades to the path or carpark do not have a negative impact.’