$70,000 in lighthouse funds unspent
THE lion’s share of state government funding to restore the Crookhaven lighthouse remains unspent, despite Shoalhaven City Council moving to abandon the project because it says it can’t afford it.
South Coast MP Shelley Hancock revealed on Friday that $70,000 from the original $100,000 provided by the former state government had not been spent.
Mrs Hancock is due to meet Shoalhaven Mayor Joanna Gash this morning to clear up the confusion and breathe new life into the community project.
She said she was surprised by a council resolution put together by two ward 3 councillors to walk away from the project because of a lack of money.
“I was a bit embarrassed because I was ready to say to the minister that we need more money,” Mrs Hancock said.
She said the move to walk away from the project was a slap in the face to the Culburra Beach community that had worked so hard to advance the project.
“Let’s reverse the decision. The lighthouse is a special part of our heritage we should preserve,” she said.
Cr Gash said she was looking forward to today’s meeting with Mrs Hancock to find a way of moving forward with the project but said council would need financial backing.
“The lighthouse is not a council asset and that’s the reason we took that tack. It belongs to the state. But it’s an icon I’d like to see restored.”