GARVIN


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Grid Reference -33.838850, 115.909660
Department DEC
Work Centre ?
District Blackwood
Grading ?
Elevation (ASL) 220m
Height 5m
Construction Timber
Cabin size ?
Public access to site ?
In use since 1964 -

This tower was abandoned in 1975

Screenshot of old map supplied by MLC in late 2019. MLC also reported:
Erected overlooking the Lewana Plantation, which is near the Balingup - Nannup Road. First record of use 1964-65.

In a Departmental paper dated 16th April 1971 it states: At present, Garvin tower which is located in Reference square FZ.56 is entirely relied upon for the detection and reporting of smokes in and adjacent to the Lewana plantation area. This tower which is some 15 feet in height was built as a temporary measure, primarily to ensure protection of the initial planting along the Blackwood Valley. Recent extensions to the planted area now place the major portion of the plantation fa beyond the direct viewing area of this tower, and thus the effectiveness of this tower is reduced to a point where i consider it as grossly inadequate for such a high value area. The need for a much improved detection system is further highlighted after considering recent land purchases which indicate further plantation development along the Blackwood Valley and Balingup Brook.

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