Tackling past failures
LITHGOW (and old Blaxland Shire) Councils over the years have had a somewhat inconsistent record of giving lip service to local environmental issues.
It's time for change and it was encouraging to see plans for the Lithgow CBD and Portland Cement Works but that's only a start that is yet to eventuate.
The demands are much greater than that.
So what do our readers see as the district's worst eyesores in need of long overdue attention?
We'd like to hear your nominations and perhaps the newly elected council may be encouraged to take it on board.
The column's top three eyesores are all visual disasters and all in Lithgow - the former Hermitage Colliery site, the Sandford Avenue rail bridge precinct and the dilapidated old Mort Street TAFE college.
All hold worthy places on our district Hall of Shame and nothing to indicate that anyone in a position to rectify the shame is really interested.
There are plenty of other contenders for visual eyesores, some of which council has no control over.
Take for instance the former Sam’s Warehouse building – the Valley Plaza facing end of the building is covered with graffiti, a huge eyesore that can be seen from a considerable distance.
Such an affliction is also surely not the way to attract new business.