News

Lady Elliot light secure

The third lighthouse built by Qld authorities has been satnding for 139 years.
The third lighthouse built by Qld authorities has been satnding for 139 years. Contributed

THE FUTURE of historic Lady Elliot Island Lightstation has been secured, with marine managers releasing a comprehensive plan to protect the important heritage site.

The Lady Elliot Island Lightstation Heritage Management Plan outlines how visitors can minimise their impact on the 139-year-old lightstation and the unique natural environment around it.

Russell Reichelt from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority said the island had a unique place in Queensland's history and the highest seabird diversity of any island within the Great Barrier Reef.

"Lady Elliot Island is treasured by locals and visitors alike, and the Lightstation Heritage Management Plan is important in ensuring the heritage values are preserved," he said.

"An important factor in protecting this valuable heritage place is to foster a culture of understanding and stewardship amongst visitors to the island, so they take care around the site.

"Lady Elliot Island is also a valuable nesting site for seabirds and green and loggerhead turtles so it's important that visitors minimise any impact on these treasured species."

Built in 1873, the lighthouse is a significant landmark and, along with the island, marks the southernmost point of the Great Barrier Reef.

It was only the third lighthouse built by Queensland authorities and was the first built offshore within the Great Barrier Reef.

The lighthouse was also the prototype for a unique style of lighthouse developed in Queensland and now demonstrates the way such lightstations were developed and changed over time.

The lighthouse forms an integral part of history in aiding navigation along the Queensland coast through the Great Barrier Reef.

The Lady Elliot Island Lightstation Heritage Management Plan is available via http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au.

Topics:  environment fraser coast great barrier reef lady elliot island



OPINION: Coen Ashton, you will be so missed

Coen Ashton was an amazing young man.

My heart is broken for his mum, dad and little brother.

UPDATE: Car with children inside crashes into tree

Emergency crews were called to a single vehicle crash involving children.

Crews were called to a single vehicle crash on the Fraser Coast.

Help Bay mum-of-three turn type 1 into type none

STEPS FOR CHANGE: Karlene Crack and her children William, Emily and Lochlan are helping find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes by hosting a JDRF One Walk fundraising event at Scarness Park this Sunday. All three children have been diagnosed with the autoimmune disease.

"It was a huge adjustment and we now have a new normal".

Local Partners