Mountain cam for all world
THERE is only one man with his eye on Mount Warning all day long.
Murwillumbah resident Scott Collingwood, who runs website murbah.com.au, has a webcam from his home pointing at the iconic mountain 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The 39-year-old has captured the past two years of the north-east side of the mountain from his lounge room window 16km away using a Panasonic MiniDV camcorder.
“I just love the town and I decided I wanted to share it with everyone,” Mr Collingwood said.
“I studied geography and the landscape here is just amazing.”
Anyone in the world with an internet connection can watch Mount Warning's splendour at any time.
“There is also direct video being fed into international webcam websites so there are plenty more people checking it out,” Mr Collingwood said.
“Who knows who has their eye on Mount Warning?”
After more than 15,000 views in its two-year history, the unique webcam is now being used by the Murwil- lumbah Rural Fire Service and by New South Wales National Parks rangers for observation.
“Based on where the fire is and where the smoke is blowing, fire fighters will be able to locate it using the webcam. It's amazing, and I'm glad it can be a help,” Mr Collingwood said.
The webcam can also be used to keep an eye on weather over Murwillumbah, watch the glistening lights as the sun sets just off the iconic mountain or just show off the area to international internet users.
Despite the sometimes clouded footage, the Southern Cross University law student said he has seen some fantastic footage.
“The best day I got was of the moon setting directly over Mount Warning in 2007. I haven't seen it replicated since then,” he said.
Murbah.com.au was originally set up as a business directory eight years ago.
Mr Collingwood added the webcam function once he realised his new property had the perfect view.
“Mr Collingwood also administrates Facebook group “Murwillumbah, Heart of the Tweed” where more than 360 residents gather to discuss all things about the town.