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Surfers do a happy dance as Pat Morton Lookout reopens

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Pat Morton Lookout, Lennox Head.

Good news for surfers today as the grip of the pandemic slowly loosens, local government areas on the Far North Coast are easing restrictions and a local wave rider’s lookout reopens.

In recent weeks the small carpark to the north of the Pat Morton Lookout at Lennox Point has been packed with surfers jostling for a car positions even before they jostle for position at the point.

Ballina lighthouse.

Today Ballina Shire Council will reopen carparks at the Pat Morton lookout as well as the Lighthouse lookout at 10am, as a result of the easing of NSW Government COVID-19 restrictions.

The carparks were closed last month after NSW Police identified these two locations as problem areas attracting people from outside the Ballina Shire who were not adhering to the government’s public health order.

The decision to reopen the carparks has been made in consultation with the Richmond Police District.

Residents are asked to exercise caution when enjoying our beautiful lookouts by continuing to: maintain 1.5 metres from others; practise good hygiene at all times; stay home if you are feeling unwell, and; leave the area if it is too busy

Potential Ballina Shire visitors are also reminded that non-essential travel, including holiday visitation, is not allowed under the current COVID-19 restrictions.

For more information about Council’s response to the coronavirus pandemic visit: ballina.nsw.gov.au/Coronavirus.

For information relating to the NSW Government public order, please visit: nsw.gov.au/covid-19.

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  1. It’s a good thing that the carpark has been reopened, as MANY cars were parked at the entry anyhow raising a potential traffic hazard,


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