Calls to protect historical Lynton Convict Depot site

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Geoff VivianMidwest Times

The Shire of Northampton council has been asked to help keep people out of the old cell block at the historic Lynton Convict Depot near Port Gregory.

The building has no roof, is covered in graffiti, and Northampton Historical Society is seeking help to slow down further deterioration.

Shire chief executive Garry Keeffe prepared a report for the council with a recommendation for action to conserve the site which is listed as “ruins” on the State Heritage Register.

The Shire has received a $10,000 quote for a 1.2m chain linked fence which the council is due to consider on Friday, July 20.

Mr Keeffe said the council must be realistic about costs.

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“Investigations into alternatives such as a roof over the top of the old jail were considered however have not progressed as it has come with opposition from the NHS,” he wrote.

“It is unlikely the Council will obtain any funding for such a structure, even though a roof structure is supported by the Department of Heritage.”

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