HERITAGE GRANT HELPS PRESERVE POINT LONSDALE LIGHTHOUSE

The Andrews Labor Government is restoring one of Pt Lonsdale’s much loved heritage assets, the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse.

Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville MP today announced a $90,000 grant from the Labor Government’s Living Heritage Program, which gives communities like Point Lonsdale the resources it needs to protect important treasured heritage.

The Point Lonsdale Lighthouse was selected because it is at risk of accelerated deterioration due to badly damaged concrete structure.

Structural reports recommended treatment of the concrete to make it safe for public access and public safety. The structure could provide access to visitors and tourists to access to a 1940’s structure and allow public access to the search light.

Our heritage is our history – it enriches our experiences, reflects the community’s sense of cultural identity, sense of place and creates a great sense of pride.

Point Lonsdale Light House was built in 1869 to guide vessels through the heads of Port Phillip Bay. The World War 1 and 2 navigational structure installed along the gun and fire emplacement. The search light emplacement is a 1914 structure of reinforced concrete bunker with front opening, cantilevered roof and side door.

The concrete is deteriorated due to the marine environment promoting concrete cancer. The structure is closed due to public safety. The site is Crown Land managed by the Borough of Queenscliffe Council as the Committee of Management.

 Applications for the next round of the Contested Grants stream of the Living Heritage Program will open early 2019.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville MP

“This structural stabilisation work is important work to ensure we retain the much loved Point Lonsdale Lighthouse and its history well into the future.”

“These repairs and upgrades will ensure the lighthouse will remain part of the peninsula’s identity for many decades to come.”