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Press Release: Cape Otway Lightstation Locals' Pass

Issued: 20 May 2007

Colac Otway Shire residents have been given an open invitation to visit Cape Otway Lightstation as often as they like, free of charge, over the next 12 months.

Mayor Warren Riches, who will officially launch the pass at the heritage precinct on Tuesday (May 22) at 10am, praised the marketing initiative.

Cr Riches said the Lightstation was surrounded by the Great Otway National Park and was a great destination for family day trips.

“You can spend a good few hours at the Lightstation, there’s a lot to see there, and of course there’s the Great Ocean Walk, Maits Rest and the waterfalls nearby,” Cllr Riches said.

“All too often we travel to the north of Australia or overseas to go and see great things and all too easily overlook the fact that we’ve we’ve got an attraction the calibre of the Lightstation right here in our own back-yard.”

Lightstation manager Paul Thompson said the locals’ pass would give Shire residents the chance to visit the Cape during the whale-watching season, which began this month, make a return visit for the International Lighthouse Weekend celebrations in August, and to bring visiting family and friends to see the oldest surviving lighthouse in mainland Australia, which dates back to 1848.

The Lightstation is at the heart of the Great Ocean Walk, and a great stopping-off point for hungry and foot-sore walkers.

It is also home to the historic Cape Otway Telegraph Station and a World War Two radar bunker built in response to German mine-laying activity in Bass Strait.

The Lightstation, which is built on the traditional lands of the Gadubanud, is also opening a Koori Heritage Trail later this year.

Mr Thompson said a group of Colac historians would be the first to make the most of the locals’ pass on Tuesday.

He said after the launch the group would be treated to lunch in the Lightkeeper’s CafĂ©.

Paul Thompson can be contacted on 5237 9240 and more information about the Lightstation is available on their website www.lightstation.com.

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