OUR Council has been getting plenty of practice in building bridges over generally untroubled waters during the Farmers Creek walkway/cycleway project but their best effort has been in the restoration of the fire ravaged Lake Pillans wetlands.
The wetlands in good times is a local showpiece that embraces Blast Furnace Park as a delightful focal point for locals and visitors. But it was a scene of sad desolation after the firestorm of Christmas 2019 swept through, devouring everything in its path including footbridges. The parkland is again open after restoration work that has included cool new bridges as a centrepiece.
The native bush and planted landscaping is returning with a little help from its friends so now's the ideal time to escape the lockdown blues with an exercise or recreation walk in a precinct that is indelibly etched in our heritage.
A trim in time
COUNCIL has also been getting good at lopping down street trees lately so while the momentum's there it would be a good time to trim back some branches on a rather scruffy tree that obscures the floodlighting on the southern side of another heritage gem, the James Street viaduct in Lithgow. It's a good time to attack the naked branches before the re-growth fills in.
Dodge the do
WALKING the dog is a welcome relief from lockdown but there are some irresponsible owners that shouldn't be out and about. There has been a surge in land mines (aka doggy doo) for the unwary all over the place lately with owners too lazy to pick up after their pooches. In our parks, our walking paths and even the streets the pollution is there to dodge.
THEY have 'days' for everything so it wasn't surprising to see National Beard Day touting the joys of facial foliage. Someone in the distant past declared bushy beards a fashion statement and it stuck. Probably the same trendsetter who decided acres of tattoos and mullet hair styles were a good look. America's Ozark hillbillies famously love long scruffy beards, becoming irresistible to cartoonists. If they'd patented the look they wouldn't have needed moonshine. Never could understand why someone would want to make themselves look years older but to each his own.
MOST intriguing during the lockdown was the installation of sturdy bollards in front of a Main Street tobacconist. Obviously no intention of providing drive though service there.