Burnett Heads Pilot Station storage sheds need new home

A COMMUNITY campaign to save a piece of Burnett Heads history is under way.

The original Pilot Station boat and kerosene storage sheds located at Burnett Heads, which date back to about 1870, have been left derelict and destined for demolition under the orders Maritime Safety Queensland.

That is, until community campaigner Marj Kidd stepped in to protect the historic sheds.

“The sheds, flagstaff and historic lighthouse played an important role together on the Pilot Station Lighthouse Reserve with the navigation of shipping into the Burnett River and along the Queensland coast since 1871,” Ms Kidd said.

“These boat sheds were used to store the kerosene which lit the original lighthouse.”

Not giving up hope, Ms Kidd approached Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett to help her and the community’s plight in preserving the buildings.

In support of the community’s efforts, Mr Bennett sought an immediate halt on demolition plans and urged the Department to reconsider.

“The Department agreed to review its decision and have instead removed the asbestos materials from the buildings for the community to safely relocate and preserve the sheds,” Mr Bennett said.

“I’m fully supportive of the community’s efforts to preserve these historic sheds for future generations to appreciate.

“It’s an important part of the history of Burnett Heads and that history should be protected.”

The community is in talks with council and the Gladstone Port Authority to ascertain where the sheds can be relocated and how the sheds can be used.

A pictorial sign in honour of the boat sheds has now been unveiled in Lighthouse Park.

“With the erection of the pictorial history sign, the sheds in some way are now reunited with the historic lighthouse,” Ms Kidd said.

Ms Kidd has been driving the community campaign.

“Being involved with Burnett Heads history and opening the Historic Lighthouse in Lighthouse Park on the fourth Sunday morning of each month, I became aware of the Department of Transport plans to demolish the original Boat and Kerosene Storage Sheds erected in 1870 on the Pilot Station Lighthouse Reserve,” she said.

“It would be great to have these historic sheds and the Flagstaff now in front of the Maritime Operations Depot in Lighthouse St relocated adjacent to the Historic Lighthouse in Lighthouse Park to create for a maritime precinct.

“The boat shed could be used as a future tourist information centre to display a maritime and Burnett Heads history.

“They have all played a role together on the Pilot Station/Lighthouse Reserve with the navigation of shipping into the Burnett River and along the coast since 1870.

Anyone who wants to help can phone Marj Kidd on 4159 4484.


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