Council consults on Razorback Lookout master plan

Richmond Valley Council is seeking the community’s views on the future of Evans Head’s Razorback Lookout, on Ocean Drive, with the release of a draft master plan for the site.

Sitting 45 metres above sea level and offering commanding northern views across the township of Evans Head and beyond, Razorback Lookout is a key drawcard for visitors to the Mid Richmond and a major feature of the town.

For visitors, it also acts as a gateway to a unique variety of coastal walks on offer through Dirrawong Reserve to the breathtaking views from Goanna Headland.

The project was put forward by the Evans Head Business and Community Chamber during the consultation on Council’s Richmond Valley Made 2030 Community Strategic Plan.

Council staff held preliminary meetings with stakeholders including the Dirrawong Reserve Trust, the Bandjalang Native Title Corporation and the Chamber, to discuss the Razorback Lookout improvement project and receive ideas to prepare a draft master plan for the site.

Council’s General Manager Vaughan Macdonald said the master plan was unfunded and subject to resourcing either by inclusion in Council’s delivery program, or via external grant funding or other initiatives.

Mr Macdonald said Razorback Lookout was an important landmark for Evans Head and it was vital the facilities and infrastructure were kept attractive and up to date so it continued to be well used by locals and visitors.

He said the aim of the project was to provide an ideas map for a range of improvements which complemented the Lookout’s character.

He said the idea of the draft plan was to encourage discussion and allow people to visualise possible upgrades and provide Council with feedback.

“Council has been very successful in gaining grant funds for renewal projects like this and having a good master plan with support from the community being the secret ingredient.”

Mr Macdonald is encouraging all residents to have their say on the draft master plan, saying Council wants the project to reflect community priorities.

He said it was important Council worked with the community to create the right space.

“We are encouraging everyone to get involved in sharing their preferences for Razorback Lookout,” Mr Macdonald said.

A downloadable copy of the draft master plan is available here.

Submissions will be accepted until Friday 6 December, and can be forwarded to the General Manager, Richmond Valley Council, Locked Bag 10, Casino, 2470, or emailed to council@richmondvalley.nsw.gov.au

You can also make a submission online by filling out the contact form at https://richmondvalley.nsw.gov.au/contact/have-your-say/provide-feedback/

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