Condition of lighthouse on Big Woody Island deteriorating

THE fight to save an historic lighthouse on Big Woody Island has begun.

Hervey Bay yachty and architect Gavin Patterson said the Middle Bluff Lighthouse's condition was deteriorating, with panels missing, and he suspects structural damage is spreading.

"It's on the heritage register for the state of Queensland ... as a state asset, and as part of our heritage, it needs to be maintained," he said.

"This is a lighthouse that was built in 1866, it's an old structure, and it was significant to navigation in Hervey Bay.

"There were two lighthouses on Woody - the one at the northern end I think has fallen down, and it was similar to the structure at the Middle Bluff Lighthouse, which was in pretty good repair when I first saw it."

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said, although the asset was state-controlled, he would take an active approach to ensuring it survived, and would write to Minister for Heritage Protection Andrew Powell.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Wide Bay acting area manager Alan Dyball said QPWS restored Middle Bluff Lighthouse in 2000 and blamed vandals for its current state.

"In August 2013, QPWS implemented a planned burn on Woody Island to protect the old lighthouse and other cultural heritage buildings on the island," Mr Dyball said.

"The QPWS is evaluating options for its future care and maintenance, including a possible Friends of Parks arrangement with a community-minded group."

Middle Bluff Lighthouse on Woody Island.
Middle Bluff Lighthouse on Woody Island. Contributed


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