Blast Furnace Temporarily Closed

Temporary barrier fencing has been installed around Blast Furnace to maintain visitor safety while improvements are undertaken.

Council installed temporary fencing around the perimeter of the Blast Furnace site this week in preparation for the commencement of repair and remediation works in coming months. The need for these works was identified in a 2014 structural assessment report which recommended that a number of repair and conservation works be undertaken to preserve some of the structures from further decay and to ensure their continued safety for public access.

Following completion of the repair and remediation works, Council will commence work on stage 2 which will involve low fencing in some high risk areas, fenced platform walks and viewing platforms to enable visitors to pass through the Davey Engine room and around the blast furnace foundations and Bosch skull, new interpretive signage and picnic areas.

“I know that some people will be unhappy that the site has been closed, however public safety is paramount especially with repair and other works due to commence soon,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Maree Statham. “When these works are finished, Blast Furnace is going to be a wonderful heritage and recreation destination for both the local community and visitors”.

Council anticipates that the site will be closed to public use for up to 12 months. Access to Lake Pillans remains open during this time.

Providing a range of programs celebrating the cultural diversity and rich heritage of our local government area is part of Council’s Caring for our Community strategies in the Community Strategic Plan 2026.

Contact:

Mayor Maree Statham
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Matthew Johnson
Manager Community and Culture
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

 

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