Renovations are underway at South Solitary Island to improve the lighthouse and adjoining buildings.
Renovations are underway at South Solitary Island to improve the lighthouse and adjoining buildings.

Works underway on South Solitary

IMPROVEMENT works are underway on South Solitary Island to improve the appeal of the lighthouse and homestead for visitors.

National Parks and Wildlife officers are conducting a six-week works program, which will allow people to stay overnight on the island.

A kichenette is being added and bathroom facilities are being updated. 

NPWS media spokesman Lawrence Orel said rainwater collection and solar power are being added to the island's buildings.

"The buildings were in very poor condition when they were transferred to the National Parks and Wildlife Service in 2000, the lightstation having been un-manned since 1975," Mr Orel said.

 "Works over the past 10 years have addressed the most deteriorated aspects of the building and issues associated with the asbestos roof cladding.

 "While the exterior of the building is now in sound condition, the deteriorated finishes and fittings of the interior of Room A19 and the boarding up of the windows have made it uninhabitable.

 "A critical part of the works will be to introduce solar panels, gas cylinders and a new rainwater tank to support the utilisation of the building and enhance sustainability.

"It is intended that the heritage nature and quality of the building be conserved, and that the original fabric, structure and spaces be maintained in accordance with current conservation principles and processes as outlined in the Burra Charter."

Works to the lighthouse are being undertaken to enhance and improve the appeal and quality of the visitor experiences.

NPWS is continuing to develop its capacity to deliver tours to the island via helicopter.



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