Location: FortLyttonNational Park, Brisbane
Threat: Damage and deterioration
Fort Lytton is a classical example of the coastal fortresses that once dotted the coastline of Queensland, and one of only a few now surviving.
Once Brisbane’s ‘front line of defence,’ the Fort was the only major fortified position within the Brisbane region. Sited along the Brisbane
River (known as ‘Quarantine Flats’) close to the mouth of the river, Fort Lytton was designed by Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Scratchley and built in
1881. It still contains a number of old gun
emplacements designed to protect the colony
of Brisbane from any naval invasion.
The area was taken over by the Department of
Environment & Tourism in 1988, whereupon it was designated as a National Park. It is currently managed by Queensland Parks &
Gross lack of maintenance of the fortifications is seriously threatening the stability of the structures found throughout the
The recent decision by the State Government
to dramatically reduce funding in the Heritage portfolio for Queensland can only serve to increase the potential for destruction of these once
well maintained military installations.
Fort Lytton is another site with close
associations with the Brisbane River which is threatened by possible land development by the Brisbane Port Authority.
The National Trust of Queensland believes an urgent injection of funding and resources into this site is required to allow for its maintenance
and continued preservation. As a minimum, a commitment to regular good housekeeping procedure is needed just to ensure this important site
degrades no further.
The Trust believes that it is the State
Government’s lack of a ‘duty of care’ to this site which has made the lack of maintenance all too apparent at Fort Lytton. It is ironic
therefore that consideration is being given to new provisions within the State Heritage Act which would require owners of heritage sites to
adopt an attitude of care and respect, and impose penalties on owners that that allow such properties to deliberately fall into