Cape Wickham and Mersey Bluff Lighthouse Heritage Management Plans open for consultation

2022 Lighthouse Heritage Management Plan

We are seeking feedback on draft heritage management plans for two iconic Lighthouses, located to Tasmania’s north.   

Cape Wickham and Mersey Bluff Lighthouses have draft heritage management plans open for members of the public to view and have their say. 

The plans set out the policies and management guidelines to ensure that the Commonwealth heritage values of the lighthouses are recognised, maintained, and preserved for future generations. 

Cape Wickham Lighthouse

Built in 1861 and known as the tallest Australian lighthouse, Cape Wickham Lighthouse’s heritage value was recognised for its historical, informative and aesthetic significance, in addition to its significant rarity and community associations. 

Situated on the northern shore of King Island, Tasmania, the lighthouse overlooks the Bass Strait, a treacherous stretch of water which separates the Australian state of Tasmania from the mainland. The lighthouse was constructed to increase safety within Bass Strait following the boom of coastal shipping along the mainlands south-east corner

Mersey Bluff Lighthouse

Mersey Bluff lighthouse was officially opened in 1889. Its heritage value was recognised due to its contribution to the development of Devonport and the Mersey District, and its status as a significant local landmark. The lighthouse is located on a rocky promontory along the northern coast of Tasmania within Mersey District.

A copy of the draft plans are available from https://www.amsa.gov.au/news-community/consultations/have-your-say-make-submission 

Feedback is welcomed on how we can continue to preserve these significant landmarks, with consultation closing 19 January 2022. 

To have your say, please email heritage@amsa.gov.au or mail PO Box 10790, Adelaide Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000.