The Pat Morton lookout stairs at Lennox Head have been completed with native vegetation planted to blend in with the environment.
The Pat Morton lookout stairs at Lennox Head have been completed with native vegetation planted to blend in with the environment. Jay Cronan

Seaside facilities get makeover

IMPROVEMENTS to Lennox Head's shade shelter at the foreshore park are finished, and locals and visitors are making the most of the revamped space.

Ballina Shire Council open spaces and reserves manager Jillian Pratten, said she had seen many people enjoying the area.

"The shelter now has a new roof and we have cut out some of the windows so you have better views," she said.

"It's a lot more open.

"We've also put in two extra tables and the entire building has been repainted and replastered.

"It's looking really good."

The renovations at the shelter come after a public outcry over the council's initial plans to demolish the structure.

A draft masterplan for the foreshore park was prepared by council staff last year.

It included a proposal to knock down the shade structure.

Plans were also put forward to build a new, smaller shelter consisting of three picnic tables.

After receiving several submissions opposing this option, council staff recommended a new structure be doubled in size and include six picnic tables.

But this option was still not preferred by the Lennox community. In the end, councillors voted to fix the existing shelter at a cost of $42,000.

Lennox Head Residents' Association president Fred Goodman, told The Northern Star at the time the "character of the shelter" should be retained.

"It is iconic and it adds to the history of the village," he said.

"There's no question in my mind that the majority of people want it to be retained."

Meanwhile, drinking fountains have been installed at the foreshore park, at the Lennox Head skate park and Ross Park as part of a council effort to slash the use of plastic drinking bottles.

However Ms Pratten said work to upgrade toilets at the foreshore park would have to wait until more funding became available.

The new stairs at Pat Morton Lookout were also popular.

"It's made it so much easier for people to get up there; it's much more accessible," Ms Pratten said. "We are now regrowing the native vegetation around the stairs and, in time, the stairs will just blend in with the natural environment."



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