The heritage-listed Norah Head Lighthouse reserve will undergo an upgrade, thanks to $200,000 in NSW Government COVID-19 stimulus funding.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the funding would boost the functionality and appeal of one of the Central Coast’s heritage and tourism icons.
“Norah Head Lighthouse was built between 1901 and 1903 and is one of the Central Coast's most spectacular icons perched on the headland and taking in beautiful ocean views,” Mr Crouch said.
“The Lighthouse celebrated its centenary in 2003, and other than an upgrade of its light from kerosene to electricity in 1961, it has seen few major changes since being first built.
“This COVID-19 stimulus funding will allow for construction of a new Workshop for the reserve’s volunteers, to be located adjacent to the former Stables Building.
“The addition of the Workshop will free up the former Stables Building and allow it to be considered for potential adaptive reuse, to improve facilities and the experience of visitors to the reserve.
“The $200,000 in funding will also allow for upgrades to access roads on the reserve, which are in need of maintenance and help to prevent coastal erosion near the Lighthouse itself.”
Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the COVID-19 stimulus program was upgrading important community infrastructure while supporting jobs and local economies.
“The reserve is a popular visit spot for Central Coast residents and tourists and a location of both heritage and environmental significance, so this funding is an important investment in its future,” Mrs Pavey said.
Other buildings on the reserve include three Keepers Quarters which offer heritage accommodation on-site, as well as a Flag Locker Building.