Broome councillor sits down to protest lookout lockout

Glenn CordingleyBroome Advertiser
Councillor Elsta Foy protests at a lookout site in Broome.
Camera IconCouncillor Elsta Foy protests at a lookout site in Broome. Credit: Glenn Cordingley

A Shire of Broome councillor is protesting at a site where work has begun to make way for a $700,000 lookout in Chinatown that will boast spectacular views over Roebuck Bay.

The viewing platform at the corner of Dampier Terrace and Frederick Street is being constructed within a council road reserve and the State Government has issued a Section 18 clearance as there was an Aboriginal heritage site in the area.

Sitting in a camp chair with a beach umbrella alongside, Elsta Foy said she was unhappy a number of indigenous people camping at the site had been moved on and believes the road reserve where the structure will stand has not been gazetted.

“This (site) is heritage to me, I grew up here,” she said.

“The cultural side of things in the town area has to be preserved. If the council just got the land clearance, I want to see in writing where they got the the gazetted change of the land.”

In a later statement to the Broome Advertiser, Ms Foy said she was representing herself as an individual and not a Shire councillor.

The lookout has been touted by the council as an exciting new attraction to help activate an underutilised part of the Chinatown precinct.

Acknowledging the Aboriginal significance of the location, designers are working with the Yawuru traditional owners to develop artwork and cultural information about the link to Roebuck Bay to be be incorporated into the structure.

Broome Shire President, Harold Tracey, said the lookout would attract thousands of people every year while injecting hundreds of thousands of dollars into the Broome economy during construction.

Local firm Roadline and a range of local sub-contractors have been selected to carry out the work.

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