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.