People eager to travel out of the city and come over the mountains has resulted in a surge of new visitors to the Lithgow area recently.
However this can come issues like overcrowding and litter. This was evident most recently after the October long weekend.
One Lithgow area resident, Linda Lingard was unhappy when she came across the state of the Hassan's Wall Lookout recently, taking to social media and posting photos along with this message:
Hassan's Wall Lookout this morning after the long weekend... perhaps another couple of bins would be good, the truck goes up there to empty one, another couple won't hurt the budget.... it is sad that the people can't think to take their rubbish with them.
Comments on the post were overwhelmingly in agreement that it's disappointing to see the site being treated this way.
The Lithgow Mercury reached out to Lithgow Council and and spoke with Jonathon Edgecombe Director Infrastructure Services at Lithgow City Council who said Hassan's Wall has been a particular challenge with tourists and locals.
"We are having particular difficulty with that site at the moment. Namely vandalism," he said.
"We recently put a brand new bin up there, and arranging more regular services to try and make sure the facility is kept in a top-notch condition. And some of the locals have gone up in a four-wheel drive and towed the bin half way down the lookout and threw it off the edge which cost Council around $3000 to replace the bins.
"So while we are constantly reviewing our services and doing everything we can to service the area in alignment with the ongoing usage of the facility. It does prove difficult when we're constantly tending to that level of vandalism."
Mr Edgecombe also said Council was looking at ways to combat the string of vandalism Hassan's Wall Lookout is seeing.
"So we're looking at alternate arrangements. We're looking at trying to make the bins a bit more secure with bollards and possibly even having to look a some sort of CCTV arrangement which at the site would be rather expensive but we understand the importance of our natural resources in terms of tourism we've got to do everything we can to make sure it's presentable at all times," he said.
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