Ballina Shire Council has unanimously decided ‘to promote the naming of the lookout and car park between Shelly and Lighthouse beaches at East Ballina as Smithy’s Lookout’ or similar.

It will also consider installing interpretive plaques at the site.

Councillor Alan Brown raised the matter at Thursday’s council meeting after Graham Broadhead, the editor of the Ballina Shire Advocate, sent a submission to the council outlining his proposal.

Cr Brown said naming the lookout after pioneer Australian aviator, Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, was appropriate and a plaque would explain the significance of the name to tourists.

Kingsford Smith, nicknamed ‘Smithy’, flying the Southern Cross aircraft with three crew, made landfall at Keith Hall, south of Ballina, on June 9, 1928, on what was the first trans-Pacific flight.

Cr Keith Johnson said alternative names could be considered, like Kingsford Smith Lookout or Southern Cross Lookout.

Mayor Phillip Silver said there was a  range of processes that had to be undertaken as part of council’s naming policy before any name was set.