The historic Cleveland Point lighthouse has become a well-lit beacon once again with the installation of programmable coloured lighting.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the lighthouse was already an iconic Redlands Coast attraction and the lighting would further enhance its popularity.
“The lighthouse was built about 1865 and is the only remaining timber-structured, timber-clad 19th century lighthouse in Moreton Bay,” she said.
“It is a popular photo backdrop for visitors to Cleveland Point Reserve, often features in the media and on live television crosses for weather reports and is a recognizable part of Redlands Coast.
“Council has now added programmable lights to the base of the lighthouse and feature lighting on the upper deck.
“While on most nights the lighting will remain cool white, in homage to its historic past, there will be an option to change the colour to support special causes, for example pink for breast cancer awareness month or orange to support our SES volunteers.”
Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell, who supported the $100,000 project with funding through the Community Infrastructure Program, said there had been strong community support to light up the lighthouse.
“Residents told me they wanted to see it lit up, to highlight the fact it is the only clearly visible reminder of Cleveland Point’s role in the early shipping on Moreton Bay,” Cr Mitchell said.
“Cleveland Point Reserve is one of Redlands Coast’s destination parks, popular with families and for wedding ceremonies, and lighting up the lighthouse will make it even more attractive to residents and visitors.
“The lighthouse may no longer serve as a navigational aid for coastal steamers on the bay, but I am sure it will prove an irresistible beacon for land-based travellers.”
The park near the lighthouse has also received an upgrade, worth about $220,000, with the installation of new double barbecues which are wheelchair-accessible from all sides, up-lighting to trees, the addition of a spinner to the play area, and new bollards, signage and bins.