Dim view on vandal attack
THE best view on the Coffs Coast now has a black mark against its name.
Authorities are on the trail of louts who torched Sealy Lookout’s new walkway, which is under construction as part of a major revamp of the popular tourist attraction.
Forests NSW community forester David Wilson is fuming over the attack and has gone public in a bid to find the offenders.
“Some time on Saturday night a group of people cut a padlock and chain on the security gates to gain access to the work site on the Sealy Lookout area,” Mr Wilson said.
“At some stage they set a fire on the newly-constructed concrete base but this has also set alight a carpet layer which was there to protect the surface during the work.
“Unfortunately the fire has burnt into the stencilled surface, costing some thousands of dollars in repair bills.
“While the contractor does not know yet what might have been taken, some materials on the site were disturbed.”
Mr Wilson says there are plans to install higher security gates once the walkway project is completed but in the meantime, officials will take swift action to further secure the site.
He has appealed for anyone with information on this latest outrage to contact police.
“It is a shame that a few idiots can spoil what will be a new investment in Coffs Harbour’s tourism capital with stupid, but clearly premeditated, acts like these.
“The public are asked to be patient and observe the closed construction site area until the viewing deck is completed.”