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Powell Media Release – Community can now ‘look out’ at Balmoral Lookout (16 February 2016)

16 February 2016

Community can now ‘look out’ at Balmoral Lookout

Being able to ‘look out’ at a designated tourist lookout seems a pretty basic requirement.  Yet Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell, has been fielding complaints from locals for more than twelve months – frustrated that Balmoral Lookout no longer “looked out”.

“The Balmoral Lookout, perfectly positioned on Maleny-Montville Road, used to offer its visitors some of the most breathtaking 180 degree views of the Sunshine Coast.  Unfortunately, due to neglect tourists have not been able to enjoy these breathtaking views at all.

“In conjunction with members of the local community, I have lobbied the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) to have the overgrown vegetation and tree limbs attended to in order to restore this area to one of the best tourist stops in the region,” Mr Powell said.

Contractors have been working on the area recently and significant improvements have been made to clean up and revitalise the area.  The project has included removing the dense woody weeds and replacing it with low lying native vegetation that will continue to stabilise the hill.

“The space and facilities at this lookout make it one of the best on the Coast and I am pleased to see this work has finally been given the priority it deserves.

“There is still more to be done and we need to ensure ongoing maintenance so I will continue the conversation with TMR, Council and landholders to ensure the recent good work doesn’t go to waste.

“I genuinely thank the TMR crews for the work they have done so far and to the community for being patient through disruptions to their travel time through this area.”

[ENDS] 16 February 2016

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