Visitors can once again enjoy the view from the top of the Karlkurla Bushland Park lookout, six months after the popular tourist attraction was damaged in a suspected arson attack.
In May, Kalgoorlie firefighters responded to a call made after people walking through the reserve noticed the Katunga Lookout observation deck was in flames.
The site was fenced off until the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Urban Landcare Group secured funding to complete the repairs.
BGC Cement and Lime paid for both the materials and the services of local builder Zelnor Developments to fix the structure.
Two columns were repaired and the entire upper decking was replaced before the lookout was declared safe for use on Thursday afternoon.
KBULG chief executive Kim Eckert said many people who had been concerned about the closure of the lookout were now excited the facility could again be enjoyed by the public.
“The amount of inquiries and complaints the council got in the time that it was closed was phenomenal,” she said.
“We are just extremely grateful to BGC Cement for their assistance and compassion towards a much utilised community facility.”
BGC Cement Kalgoorlie regional manager Chris Sefton is a regular park visitor and said he and BGC project manager Ray Goddard agreed the repair project was worthy of the company’s support.
“Living across the road and coming here with my dog all the time, I saw it is a popular community place,” he said.
“It was really sad when I came here that day and saw it was all burnt.
“BGC is still relatively new to town and the whole reason we have come here is to be a part of the local community and we want to be involved in projects like this.”