The 40m steel water tower, situated 200 metres from the southern ocean, required unusual and ongoing maintenance while it served its purpose as a water tower for the extensive fire protection system at Pleasant Hill factory.  The tower was decommissioned in December 2005, when the Fletcher Jones Factory and operations in Warrnambool closed down.  

Very little maintenance by comparison has been done on the ball since it’s decommissioning.  In 2010, Heritage Victoria ordered the ladder and safety crown be removed from the ball.  This made access difficult and expensive, as a crane needs to be used for any inspection or maintenance works.  

Under new owner, Dean Montgomery an engineering assessment and subsequent safety works have been undertaken with assurance that the Silver Ball will receive a much-needed paint in the coming year.  Dean has described this event when it occurs as being the cherry on the top of the FJ site renewal! 

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