Tamworth Regional Council receive overwhelming response to Oxley lookout poll

OVERWHELMING RESPONSE: Some locals want to see a clearer vision from the Oxley Lookout asking for the tree tops to be trimmed. Photo: Peter Hardin 170417PHB008

OVERWHELMING RESPONSE: Some locals want to see a clearer vision from the Oxley Lookout asking for the tree tops to be trimmed. Photo: Peter Hardin 170417PHB008

On the lookout for feedback

COUNCIL has been “overwhelmed” by the response to its proposal to upgrade a popular local vantage point, but remains tight-lipped about how it will spend the significant kitty reserved for the works.

Tamworth Regional Council (TRC) has $50,000 to spend on some new features at the Oxley Lookout, but left the final say up to residents, putting forward three options in an official poll.

An exercise station, a new picnic area and sprucing up the jacaranda avenue were options put forward by TRC, but the poll also allowed residents to put forward their own ideas.

With more than 2000 responses, council’s executive manager of communications and engagement Caroline Lumley said the community would get an “overview of the feedback” sometime in May.

"We had an overwhelming response to the Community Strategic Plan and the Oxley Lookout Community Consultations,” Ms Lumley said.

"We are currently reviewing a large volume of responses from both of these consultations, in excess of 2,000.

"Once we have reviewed the data, we will be able to go back out to the community with an overview of the feedback we have received.

Upgrading the jacaranda avenue was revealed as the preferred option in a poll undertaken by The Leader favoured by more than 40 per cent of respondents.

Readers were more than happy to put forward their thoughts on what could be done with the lookout cash.

A number of respondents want to see trees trimmed at lookout to give a better view of the city, while a few others said fixing up the roads at the lookout was a bigger priority.

Whatever option council pursues for the lookout upgrade, there could be an additional $100,000 spent on new toilets at the site.

TRC recently approved a proposal to loan $1.5 million to replace 16 “high profile” toilets in the community, including facilities at the lookout.

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