The heritage-listed Point Lonsdale Lighthouse building will undergo routine maintenance works during the winter months.
The outside of the building will be repainted and some general improvements will also be carried out.
These works are part of a planned program and will both enhance the appearance of the building and help preserve the structure for ongoing use.
Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) (VPCM) has gained approval from Heritage Victoria to undertake these works.
In other work at the site, the foghorn shed beside the lighthouse will also be repainted.
The role of the lighthouse
The lighthouse plays a vital role in helping ensure the safety of commercial shipping in Port Phillip Bay.
VPCM provides a staffed 24-hour Vessel Traffic Service (VTS), operated between the Port Operations Control Centre in Lorimer Street, Port Melbourne, and the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse.
This service helps ensure the safe movement of commercial shipping in Port Phillip Bay.
More than 3000 commercial ships enter the bay through the Heads each year under the surveillance of VTS. These ships visit the ports of Melbourne and/or Geelong, delivering goods from international ports and taking Victoria’s products and produce to world markets.