THE future of the Crookhaven Heads lighthouse is up in the air with plans to either restore the historic light or convert it to a viewing platform left in limbo.
A meeting at Shoalhaven City Council on Thursday will move to disband the Crookhaven Heads Lighthouse steering committee, a group that has worked for nearly four years on the restoration of the lighthouse.
Such a move was defeated in November last year, with further requests made of the state government to convert the structure into a viewing platform at a cost of $120,000.
Correspondence from the Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water Kevin Humphries said any such plan would require management at a local government level.
It appears council won’t fund either option with recommendations to go before the committee on Thursday that Mr Humphries’ letter be received for information, council continue to maintain the land surrounding the lighthouse and the steering committee be disbanded and members thanked for its contribution.
Built more than 100 years ago, the lighthouse had fallen into a state of severe disrepair, and had suffered at the hands of vandals.
The top of the lighthouse was lifted off by a navy Sea King helicopter and taken to the South Nowra jail for repairs.
A proposal to build a replica light at the pilot house at Crookhaven Heads also appears to have failed to gain support.
The question remains, what will become of the remainder of the lighthouse structure?
DERELICT: The Crookhaven Heads lighthouse before the historic lantern was removed for restoration.
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