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Whitsunday Regional Council has today approved a significant $100,000 investment to restore the Heritage Listed North Head Lighthouse in Bowen, ahead of the 150th anniversary of its construction and operation in November this year.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said that the Bowen community has long demonstrated an interest in preserving the lighthouse’s history and significance as Queensland’s third oldest lighthouse, constructed in 1866 after Queensland’s separation from New South Wales.
“The North Head Lighthouse is approaching its 150th year anniversary since construction and is one of the earliest harbour lights built in the colony of Queensland,” Cr Willcox said.
“Today, it is one of only two Queensland lighthouses that remain intact and on the original site, still displaying its unique aesthetic and design characteristics and giving us a valuable reminder of our region’s history,” he said.
“Council has previously engaged Converge Consultancy to determine its cultural asset value and guide the restoration project to ensure it is restored as closely as possible to its original form.
“The North Head Lighthouse can also offer significant tourism potential and economic benefit for Bowen and the broader region; we want to maximise those opportunities moving forward.”
Council will continue to work closely with the community to arrange a suitable celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the construction and operation of the lighthouse, scheduled to occur on 14 November 2016.