High-profile academic Barry Jones has been reappointed Chair of the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority.
Dr Jones has accepted a 12-month contract until 14 September 2006.
Parks and Heritage Minister Judy Jackson welcomed the return of Dr Jones who chaired the Authority for four years until age-limiting legislation forced him to retire in October last year.
He has acted as a consultant to the PAHSMA Board since this date.
Ms Jackson said the age-limiting provisions of the Government Business Enterprises (GBE) Act 1995, which required him to resign at the age of 72, have been amended.
“Now that the relevant sections of the GBE legislation have been amended in accordance with the Statutory Officers (Age for Retirement) Act 2005, Dr Jones has been able to reconsider his position,” Ms Jackson said.
“I am delighted he has agreed to take up the offer of a further one-year term as PAHSMA Chair.
“Dr Jones joined the Authority in 1999 because of his deep personal interest in Port Arthur and its place in Australian history.
“He has a high public profile which has served Port Arthur and Tasmania well.
“He is also extremely well-credentialed having served as Vice President of Australia ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) and Chair of the Heritage Convention in Canberra in the late 1990s.”
Ms Jackson thanked Professor Sharon Sullivan who served as Acting Chair of PAHSMA during the past year.