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Postby Grover » Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:17 pm


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From The Sydney Morning Herald

http://www.smh.com.au/travel/accommodat ... -pimg.html

Point Hicks Lighthouse
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Postby Kevin vk2ce » Sat Mar 06, 2010 2:25 pm


The thing that struck me as unusual about that article is that it appears in a Sydney newspaper yet it's about Victorian lighthouses.
Sydney is the capital city of New South Wales and there is a lot of friendly and not so friendly rivalry between the two States. Mine's better than yours type of mentality.
It has become common practice in this country for the dwellings at decommissioned lighthouses (electric powered lights being replaced by solar powered) to be renovated and rented out to the public. These lighthouse sites usually employ a caretaker who does regular weather reports, maintains the cottages and the light tower and conducts guided tours. In this way the property is protected from vandals and is a financially viable operation. The lighthouse near where I live is a classic example. The skeletal tower there has replaced the old tower with a solar powered quartz halogen light which has about half the range of the original. The Parks people have not built any more of these ugly towers, thank goodness. The three cottages there are available for short term rental.

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Postby lyndono » Sun May 16, 2010 1:01 am


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There are a few of those skeletal towers around the East coast of Australia, all built adjacent to the original tower.
They all are near identical in construction techniques and materials and were built in the 1980s as a maintenance cost saving measure. (old towers apparently cost a lot more to maintain)
The old tower was simply turned off and handed back to the state authorities whilst the new tower belonged to the Commonwealth
Pt Perpendicular and Green Cape are two
Cape Otway in Victoria had a GRP cabinet placed next to it instead
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Postby Grover » Sun May 16, 2010 3:22 am


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Quite the unique structure for a lighthouse ...

While functionally Im guessing those skeletal
towers needed to be where constructed, but
esthetically maybe they could have been placed
"out of the shot?"
"There are two pips in a beaut, four beauts in a lulu,
Eight lulus in a doozy, and sixteen doozies in a humdinger.

No one knows how many humdingers
there are in a lollapalooza."
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