Fire Lookout Towers
I was after some guidance on whether a fire lookout tower would be a suitable candidate. I have had a couple rejected due to "interfere with emergency services" which is not actually correct.
My supporting argument for these lookout towers is as follows:
- They are situated on remote hillsides and mountains and require exploration to get there.
- They are manned only 4 months of the year. These personnel are not "emergency services". They dont keep fire trucks at fire lookout towers, all work is done by radio. A person sitting at the bottom of a lookout tower can't interfere with the personnel work.
- Due to the remote locations, the lookout towers are used by 4wd enthusiasts, mountain bikers and cross country runners etc as a meeting point, as its one of only a few visible man made structures around.
- They are interesting to see, each one is constructed differently and the network across Australia to visibly cover the national parks is impressive.
- Common item in geocaching
- They do run public viewing days (in winter mainly) where public can climb the towers
I would like NIA is consider fire lookout towers as a possible POI. It would improve POI possibilities in some of the more remote areas.
Pic: Mt Cronin Lookout Tower, Tallaganda National Park, NSW, Australia
Pic 2: Mt Little Dick Fire Tower (not longer used), Bruthen Foresr District, Gippsland, Victoria Australia.