Hoons on notice after damaging lookout works
MAREEBA Lions Club is disgusted and horrified over the actions of hoons at Seary Lookout in Mareeba.
The lookout has been under developed and underused for many years but provides great views of the area.
Recently the Mareeba Lions Club and Mareeba Shire Council have started the process to improve the lookout to make it a tourist destination.
Mareeba Lions Club president Denis McKinley said hoons had pulled rocks aside, done burnouts and left rubbish on the site.
“It has been reported to police and the area is now under surveillance,” he said.
Mr McKinley said they have a five year plan for the lookout.
However, with work already starting with clearing the area hoons have been using the area as a burnout pad.
Mr McKinley said there was a rock barrier put in place where the ground had been cleared and a future platform will be built but the rocks have been moved aside somehow and hoons driven in and ripped up the ground.
“We are remodelling to make it a nice area for locals and tourist to have a great view of Mareeba,” he said.
“It will also have a bit of history with the great battle of the Coral Sea War and Mareeba history in it.
“We expect it to be a 4 to 5 year project but depending on grants it could be shorter than that.
“We have already spent thousands and council have done a lot.” “
He said the current monument will be moved and put alongside an interpretive history area about the areas indigenous culture, Mareeba and our involvement in the Coral Sea War.