Mount Tarrengower tower upgrade now complete

Mount Tarrengower Lookout Tower fire spotter Peter Skilbeck says he is pleased with the new fire cabin which has been installed on the tower in Maldon as part of a $1.4 million upgrade. Photo: DELWP

The $1.4 million dollar upgrade to Mount Tarrengower Lookout Tower is now complete and includes improved conditions for the fires spotter who services the Central Goldfields and Pyrenees region.

Beginning in June last year, works included 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.

A fire spotter at the tower for over 20 years, Peter Skilbeck said the upgrade has provided him with a “fantastic” work space that is almost double the size of the previous cabin.

“It’s absolutely delightful to have a work space that is not a dog box, but a real space,” he said.

“I now have a new map. In the past, I could plot fires as far as Maryborough, now I can go out as far as Avoca, simply because the cabin is bigger.

“I’m finding that I’m getting home from work and not feeling as exhausted because I have space to move. The upgrade is fantastic.”

Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards said it was “great” the project was delivered 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,” she said.

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