Council continues Crookhaven Heads Lighthouse discussions
September 24, 2013
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash joined Council staff in meeting with Member for South Coast, Shelley Hancock yesterday to discuss funding options for the future maintenance of the Crookhaven Heads Lighthouse.
Currently a State owned asset, Council had been in discussions with Crown Lands regarding the possibility of the organisation taking over the management and maintenance of the Crookhaven Heads Lighthouse and surrounds.
However, with the total restoration cost estimated at $280,000 and the facility expected to cost an additional $30,000 to annually maintain Council remains concerned at committing ratepayer’s money on a State owned asset.
Mayor, Gash described yesterday’s meeting as positive and productive saying all parties remained committed to finding a workable solution.
“There is little doubt that the restoration and maintenance of the Crookhaven Heads Lighthouse is an important local project,” said Clr Gash.
“While the restoration of the lighthouse remains incomplete, Crown Lands have $71,000 allocated towards repairs and the creation of an onsite viewing platform.”
“However it is important to note that currently, this funding will not be released unless Council agrees to take over the control and management of the facility.”
Mayor, Gash said she was concerned that unless Council committed to the management of the facility, the lighthouse would continue to deteriorate to the point of disrepair.
The Mayor said that if the Crookhaven Heads Lighthouse were to come under Council management, it would more than likely come at the expense of another Park and Reserve program.
“Council will continue the ongoing discussions with Crown Lands regarding the maintenance of the Crookhaven Heads Lighthouse,” said Clr Gash.
“Given this is a State Government asset, Council needs to remain careful of assuming responsibility at the cost of ratepayers.”