Hoons on no­tice after dam­ag­ing look­out works

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS - Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

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.

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