Works to improve the Mount Tarrengower Lookout Tower are now complete, thanks to upgrades by the Andrews Labor Government to improve conditions for observers.
Work on the $1.4 million upgrade began in June last year and were completed on time, with a new fire cabin installed in October and fully operational by mid-November 2018, in time for the start of the fire season.
As well as replacing the cabin, structural repairs have been completed to ensure the tower meets current health and safety standards.
The decking on the public viewing platforms has been replaced with locally sourced ironbark planks and the entire tower has been repainted with zinc enriched primer and a top coat estimated to last 25 years.
The Labor Government invested in and planned the infrastructure works to ensure the heritage value of the tower is protected, recognising the significance of the building to the local community.
Mount Tarrengower fire tower is one of 66 strategically located towers managed by Forest Fire Management Victoria across the state and is part of a statewide upgrade of the fire tower network.
The tower protects the community by providing the essential early detection of bushfires, communications links and intelligence gathering of fire behaviour.
The upgrade is part of the Reducing Bushfire Risk program that further reduces risk on public land by supporting early detection and rapid suppression of fires through fuel management, upgrading fire towers, building new bridges and improving roads.
Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards
“This tower helps protect the local community by providing early detection of bushfires – it’s great that the project was delivered on time and ahead of the fire season.”
“Mount Tarrengower Tower is a local landmark and these upgrades will ensure it is fit for visitors and locals for years to come.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio
“This upgrade delivers the best possible working conditions for fire observers – who can spend up to 10 hours a day in the cabin during summer.”