Mayor Peta Pinson and Federal Member for Cowper, Pat Conaghan cut the ribbon to celebrate the official opening of Lighthouse Road today, Thursday 5 September.
Locals and visitors accessing the iconic Tacking Point Lighthouse will enjoy safer and more convenient access with the upgrades to Lighthouse Road East now complete. Eire Constructions joined the offical opening at Tacking Point Lighthouse, the project was completed on behalf of Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.
“I am so pleased to see this project come to fruition. Thanks to Port Macquarie Hastings Council and qualified contractors Eire Constructions who have done this project on time and budget. This is the kind of contractors we need to make these things happen,” said Mayor Peta Pinson.
MP Pat Conaghan added “This is the jewel in the crown for Port Macquarie, hundreds of people who visit can now walk safely and enjoy the view.”
Thanks to the Eire Constructions team and crew who’ve transformed access to the iconic tourist destination. The upgrades included the widening and resurfacing of Lighthouse Road from Matthew Flinders Drive through to the lighthouse, the installation of new kerb and guttering and the replacement of stormwater services.
Much needed improvements, including formalisation of parking in the lower carpark has also taken place, and a new pedestrian footpath now runs from Davis Crescent through to the existing elevated viewing platform.
This project received joint funding of $540,000 invested by the Australian Government through the Building Better Regions Fund and $1.04 million contributed by Council, as a cash contribution of $540,000 and an in-kind amount of $500,000.
We were joined by Neil Black and members of Rotary Club of Port Macquarie Sunrise who spearheaded the initial Lighthouse Restoration project for the community and created a beautiful place to come and visit. The recent Eire Constructions upgrade shines a light on their dedication to keep the Tacking Point Lighthouse and surrounding headland areas in top shape for the enjoyment of the community. For more info visit Tacking Point Restoration Project.