READERS who tread warily on our after dark urban streets will surely be pleased that our council is embarking on a new era of ‘enlightenment’ — or at least improved street lighting.
Modernising the system has to be good, even with just minor improvement. It would have to be better than our ‘dark ages’ of a past era well recalled by our more mature residents when apart from the main traffic routes our street lighting was turned off every night at around 1am.
Today’s street lighting is showing its age and council will have plenty of scope to choose from when deciding where to start with the upgrade. But perhaps council could begin close to home where the external lighting on the Mort Street office block hasn’t worked properly for ages and most of the downlights on the adjacent undercover walkway are out of action – again. No point urging business owners to show more light without showing the way.
OUR council receives plenty of well merited acclaim for the maintenance and enhancement of Lithgow’s showplaces QE Park. So we wonder why the vandalised mesh fence at the Peachman Avenue end of the park has never been repaired or replaced with something more fitting.
Last time we looked there were seven huge gaps - not the image we want to portray in the playground and picnic end of the park most often frequented by visitors and convenient boltholes for anyone up to no good in our park.
If the fence is ever repaired it would be a good time to do something creative with the concrete ‘gate’ that has been in its tatty and partly demolished condition so far back than no one can remember its original form.
Next question please
THE latest query among curious onlookers awaiting the eventual completion of Lithgow’s ‘new’ Cook Plaza is just where, if anywhere, will they be locating the brass plaques that adorned the Marjorie Jackson monument when she had a real plinth.
There doesn’t appear any opportunity on the itsy bitsy brickwork where she now stands. The plaques recorded the story of Marjorie and the sculpture’s creator, the late Antony Symons.
NOTICE anything different in the coverage of the first round of State of Origin. With the teams’ emphasis on young ‘cleanskin’ players there was a notable reduction in the number of ugly tatts. Are we seeing a trend here?