MT. PORNDON


Grid Reference XC 998567
Department CFA
Work Depot Otways
Region South West
Grading Secondary
Elevation (ASL) 280m
Height On Ground
Construction Timber
Cabin size 2.5m x 2.5m
Public access to site No
In use since 1960
CFA Region 6 - South Western
All photos and information supplied by John Dunn
This Tower is on private property and was operated by the Dept of Conservation Forests & Lands till 91/92 when after upgrades to Crowes Tower it was decided to close Mt Porndon. A letter forwarded to the Cobden Gp, indicated that it would made available for a suitable organisation to use as a fire lookout. A committee of management was formed comprised of representatives of Corangamite & Colac Shires, each local CFA Group and RO6CFA. John Dunn has been the current spotter since 1995/96 fire season. In the late 1990's Telstra constructed a Mobile Phone Tower on the North Side of the firetower. Around 2003/04 the committee allocated funds to improve operator comfort and a metal frame was attached to the structure and removable Shadesails fitted; they withstood 146Klm winds on the 1st April'08 only suffering one tear. In 2007 the CFA took sole control of the management of the Tower, the original committee was disbanded and a new committee formed under the Administration of the CFA. Funds have been allocated to upgrade the structure. Cladding the outside is completed and new cubboards and Maptable are under construction (2008).

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Up the Hill Mt. Porndon
crater
2006 new cladding
in 2008
2009, supplied
by Richard Webb
2009, supplied
by Richard Webb


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