Lighthouse's heritage listing call

A ROCKHAMPTON woman is urging the community to push for the possible heritage listing of the historic lighthouse at Sea Hill on Curtis Island.

Written submissions must be received by the Department of Environment and Resource Management by April 15.

Margaret Harmsworth, who fears the lighthouse could be demolished if not heritage listed, said Sea Hill was the maritime gateway to Central Queensland and all the communities' forebears who arrived by ship had come through there.

She said the lighthouse, standing on a small triangular reserve at the edge of a steep cliff top, although not a part of the Pilot Station, was certainly a part of the lives of the people who lived on the station and a symbol of hope to passengers and crew on ships approaching Keppel Bay.

“It was listed for demolition in 2009, to be replaced by a simple beacon. However, it is still on site and still operating,” Ms Harmsworth said.

With the possibility of its being heritage listed, interested Central Queenslanders now have the opportunity to make submissions.

“Hopefully this precious symbol of our maritime past will be preserved on site at the top of Sea Hill overlooking the fabled Golden Shore and the lonely graves in the Keppel Bay,” she said.

For further information or to make a submission visit www.derm.qld.gov.au or call 137 468.



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