Old lookout to benefit SES training
STANDING 10 metres high and towering over everything around it one of Warwick's iconic structures said its final goodbyes on Wednesday.
The Rosenthal Heights lookout was removed from its foundation and the metal structure was then secured to the back of a semi-trailer before being taken to its final resting place.
Originally built in 1978 the icon affectionately known as the Lookout lived an illustrious life and even earned itself a reputation as the go to place for love-struck teens in its heyday.
Sadly structural guidelines meant that the lookout was no longer fit for public use said Southern Downs Regional Council project engineer Ashleigh Bailey.
"The lookout is being pulled down because it is not up to several safety standards and has been sitting closed for that reason for the last three to four years," she said.
"The tower will be dismantled by the book and then relocated and assembled for use as part of an SES training facility."
A council spokeswoman said that the lookout was in breach of several Australian standards.
"The handrail height was reported to have been too high meaning there was too much space between it and the steps," she said.
"Standards also specify that a maximum of 18 steps was allowed before a landing and the tower had 20.
"In September 2008 council was quoted $85,000 to bring the lookout up to standard but instead opted against the expense.
"The lookout will be moved to the Yangan Rd council depot where the SES will be allowed to use it for vertical height training exercises."
SES Warwick local controller John Newley said the tower will benefit training.
"Once it is assembled the tower will be used for height safety training including working on roofs and with ropes," Mr Newley said.
"We will also be able to bring other units without such facilities into the area and instruct them."