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FFMV photo: The former Stringers Knob Fire Spotting Tower that was destroyed by bushfire earlier this year.

Fire tower upgrade

Fire tower upgrade

FFMV photo: The former Stringers Knob Fire Spotting Tower that was destroyed by bushfire earlier this year.

Historic Stringers Knob fire tower site to undergo upgrade

Forest Fire Management Victoria, in partnership with Heritage Victoria, are working towards the restoration of BBQ and picnic facilities at the site of the former Stringers Knob Fire Spotting Tower, after fire destroyed the historic site earlier this year.

Planning is also underway for the installation of new information boards at the site, which detail the historic significance of the area after Forest Fire Management crews and Heritage Victoria personnel conducted an on-site assessment in June.

Located on Monument Track at Bete Belong North, the Stringers Knob Fire Spotting Tower was constructed in 1941 following the Black Friday bushfires in 1939, using what was at the time, an innovative design comprising of a spotter’s cabin perched atop a single 28 metre pole.

The Tower, which paved the way for helping to improve bushfire safety in Victoria, provided an unrestricted, 360° view of the surrounding forested area, allowing for the early detection of bushfires up to 40 kilometres away. It remained in use until the late 1960s.

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The tower and surrounding land were listed as part of the Victorian Heritage Register for its historic and scientific significance because of its experimental design, unique construction technique and contribution the tower made towards improving fire awareness and safety in Victoria.

“To lose the Stringers Knob Fire Spotting Tower earlier this year, as part of the fires that ravaged East Gippsland, was devasting,” said DELWP Regional Bushfire Recovery Manager, Peter West.

“We’re working closely with Heritage Victoria to plan the construction of new BBQ and picnic facilities, and importantly, to install new information boards that tell the story of what was such a progressive facility for its time,” said Mr West.

“By restoring the communal facilities, we hope that visitors will still be able to enjoy what was a popular picnic spot for tourists at a historically significant site in East Gippsland,” said Mr West.

DELWP in partnership with Heritage Victoria will undertake consultation when considering additional opportunities for the future of the Stringers Knob Fire Tower site.

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