Green Cape lighthouse to shine for 130th 

The lighting of Green Cape’s lighthouse will be the highlight of two days of celebrations to mark the maritime precinct’s 130th anniversary this weekend.
Nanjing Night Net

From 10am each day, tours and nature-based science activates will be held in and around the site to celebrate, coinciding with National Science Week and the International Lighthouse Lightship weekend.

On Friday and Saturday nights the light house’s million candela beam will be a spectacular sight as it sweeps the Pacific Ocean and land for the first time in five years.

Saturday night is the big event and along with the official lighting there will be lighthouse tours, hot food and refreshments until at least 9pm.

Vice president of Lighthouses Australia Inc, Ian Clifford will officially light the light on Saturday at 5pm after ensuring everything is in working order during a test light at dusk on Friday.

Green Cape lies in a rugged, wild and spectacular heritage site in Ben Boyd National Park, just south of Eden.

Along with its architectural and social heritage it is rich in biodiversity with sea birds, resident seals, migrating whales, occasional orcas and even rare species like tiger quolls in the heathland.

Two days of tours, nature-based science activities, radio and telegraph communications have been organised by rangers and educators from the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Auswide Services, the Sapphire Coast Marine Society and Lighthouses of Australia.

Senior NPWS ranger Dave Costello encourages readers to visit the iconic peninsular and immerse themselves in its architectural, social and environmental heritage.

“The uniqueness of both the design and construction of the building represents something very significant in engineering and architectural heritage, but the social and environmental issues around it are also as important,” he said.

“The cape on which this icon sits is little changed since the sea level rose and it was and remains a very important stretch of coastline for the local Aboriginal community.

“Its rich social heritage harks back to early seafaring days and the people who stayed there to build and keep the light.”

Interwoven with that social fabric is remembrance for the lives lost at sea near Green Cape including the Lyee Moon (May 30, 1886) and the trawlers Shiralee (August 10, 1978) and Terrace Star (August 10, 1994).

PROGRAM

Saturday

10am open.

10am – 4pm: Tours of lighthouse and keeper’s residence.

10.30am – 6pm:Rotary Club food caravan.

10.30am – noon: Atlas of Life Workshops Whale watching training, Faunal biodiversity, Rock platform survey.

11am Official ceremony.

11am – 3pm: Morse code telegraphy.

11am – 4pm: International Lighthouse Weekend radio operations.

1pm – 2.30pm: Atlas of Life workshops, Whale watching training, Faunal biodiversity, Flora and heathland walk.

2.30pm – 4.30pm: Music by The Blue Savannahs.

4pm – 6pm: Atlas of Life workshop, Heathland birds surveying.

4.30pm: Lighting of the light.

5.30pm – 9pm: Night tours of lighthouse and refreshments.

Sunday

10am open.

10am – 3.30pm: Tours of lighthouse and keepers residence.

10.30pm – 3pm: Rotary Club food caravan.

10.30am: Shuttle bus to Bittangabee Bay.

10.30am – noon: Atlas of Life workshops, Whale watching training, Faunal biodiversity, Rock platform survey.

11am – noon: Seabird survey.

11am – 2.30pm: Guided walk (8.5km) from Bitangabee to Green Cape.

11am – 4pm: International Lighthouse Weekend radio operations.

1pm -2.30pm: Atlas of Life Workshops, Whale watching training, Faunal biodiversity.

4pm close.

Greencape at night by Tom Mason.

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