Francis Logan

Francis Logan

Minister for Energy; Resources; Industry and Enterprise

    New twist on Geraldton's guiding light

    8/09/2005 12:00 AM

    Visitors to Geraldton’s Point Moore Lighthouse will get a new insight into the region’s maritime history with the unveiling of new interpretive signage.

    Heritage Minister Francis Logan unveiled the signage during his visit to Geraldton today and congratulated the Batavia Coast Maritime Heritage Association for its work on the project.

    “The interpretive signage highlights the history and significance of the Point Moore Lighthouse to the State as a navigational aid for ships making the journey from port to port,” Mr Logan said.

    “The heritage-listed landmark dates back to 1878 and is the tallest tower built of prefabricated cast iron in Western Australia.

    “It tells the story of the importance of shipping to the development of Geraldton as a regional port and the harsh conditions that lighthouse keepers and their families faced in manning the lighthouses.”

    The interpretive signage was developed with the assistance of a $2,000 grant from Lotterywest’s cultural heritage grant program and $3,000 from the City of Geraldton.

    Mr Logan said the interpretive signage incorporated photos, history and memorabilia and would help visitors appreciate the cultural heritage significance of the lighthouse.

    “Geraldton has a fascinating maritime history and a community that takes pride in that history,” he said.

    The Minister said the Gallop Government was committed to protecting and enhancing WA’s unique lifestyle, including significant heritage sites.

    Minister's office: 9222 8950