A Labor Government will fund restoration and refurbishment works at the Norah Head Lighthouse and Lighthouse Keeper’s Quarters in cooperation with the Norah Head Lighthouse Reserve Land Manager Board (NHLRLMB).
"The lighthouse is an iconic attraction for locals and visitors; it is a source of community pride and signifies the maritime history of the area," said Emma McBride, Federal Member for Dobell.
"The lighthouse precinct hosts weddings, functions, music and cultural festivals that attracts thousands of visitors each year. It is one of the most recognised icons of the Central Coast," she said.
"Growing up on the Central Coast I spent many weekends at the Lighthouse reserve and swimming at Soldiers Beach. The lighthouse means so much to our community so I am proud to help it remain a loved and visited place.
"The upkeep of the lighthouse and surrounding reserve is a credit to the many local volunteers who conduct tours, maintain the lighthouse and keeper’s quarters and conduct bushcare in the reserve."
The NHLRLMB recently engaged Tyrrells Property Inspections Pty Ltd to conduct a defects audit, which found the Norah Head Lighthouse was in need of $195,000 for urgent repairs.
Over the next decade, an additional $200,000 will be required to guarantee the condition of the Lighthouse.
Labor’s $160,000 investment will add to the Lighthouse Reserve Trust’s own contribution of $35,000, to fund the initial urgent repairs. The Trust will seek further contributions from NSW Crown Lands.