Crookhaven Headland Lighthouse improvements continue
August 30, 2011
Restoration works are continuing on the Crookhaven Headland Lighthouse with a number of improvement projects about to be undertaken on and around the facility.
The Crookhaven Headland Lighthouse steering committee is currently working towards the temporary removal and restoration of the lighthouse lantern as well as the removal of weeds on the surrounding headland.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Paul Green said that since the formation of the Crookhaven Headland Lighthouse Steering Committee in September 2010 a number of major improvements had been made to the facility.
Councillor Green said the restoration of the lighthouse lantern and removal of surrounding weeds would further enhance this iconic facility.
“Constructed in 1904 the Crookhaven Headland Lighthouse has suffered severe degradation over the years due to the facility’s isolated headland location,” said Clr Green.
“The steering committee has done a terrific job in working with Council staff and the Crown Lands Division to refurbish the Crookhaven Headland Lighthouse.
“Recent improvements include vegetation surveys, creation of an Asset Protection Zone around the facility to safeguard against bushfire and the re-cladding of the buildings external access points to deter vandalism.”
“I congratulate the steering committee on all their hard work in refurbishing this iconic Shoalhaven building.”
To achieve the list of planned improvements, Shoalhaven City Council and the Crown Lands Division of the Department of Primary Industries as land managers of the Crookhaven Headland Lighthouse site have arranged partnered in-kind support from the following agencies –
• Department of Defence - Will remove and provide initial air transportation of the Crookhaven Headland Lighthouse lantern for restoration.
• NSW Rural Fire Services – Providing transportation of the Crookhaven Headland Lighthouse lantern for restoration and also provide assistance in creating the Asset Protection Zone surrounding the Lighthouse.
• NSW Department of Corrective Services – Restoration of the lighthouse lantern and assistance in the removal of environmental weeds on the land surrounding the lighthouse.
• Jerrinja Aboriginal Land Council - Will ensure improvement works do not significantly affect the Aboriginal values of the headland.
With further assistance required to achieve restoration of the Crookhaven Headland Lighthouse, a “Friends of Crookhaven Headland Lighthouse Sub-Committee” is being formed by the Steering Committee to assist with fundraising, community engagement and visitor activation the Lighthouse precinct.