Iconic shark tower gets a new lease on life

Lake Macquarie City Council has given Redhead’s shark tower a facelift, to help ensure the iconic beach structure remains a focal point for photographers and beachgoers alike.

Council’s Manager Asset Management, Helen Plummer, said Council understands the historical importance of the tower, and the community’s attachment to the landmark, and is committed to preserving it for decades to come.

“Our crews recently repaired the bolted timber tower, using similar timber types and construction techniques as those originally used to build the structure,” Ms Plummer said.

The Redhead Surf Lifesaving Club was founded in 1908, and the timber shark tower constructed in the late 1920s. The Redhead tower is believed to be the only remaining purpose-built structure of its type on the eastern Australian coast.

“While lifeguard patrol methods have certainly advanced since then, and we no longer need to rely on the tower for observation, it is great that Council is able to preserve such a picturesque and historic City landmark.”

A maintenance management plan has been developed to assist with the preservation of the timber structure.