The last financial year has been a period of achievement for The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority.
The Authority’s 2006-07 Annual Report was tabled by the Minister for Tourism, Arts and the Environment, Paula Wriedt, in Parliament today and details major awards, new attractions and a wide range of conservation projects.
During the past 12 months, the Historic Site hosted eight cruise ships, nine diplomatic visits, five concert performances and a delegation of conservation and cultural tourism personnel from the Dunhuang Academy at the Mogao Grottoes in China.
“The 2006-07 Annual Report is a tribute to The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority’s Board, management and staff,” Ms Wriedt said.
“The Historic Site won the Major Tourist Attraction in the Tasmanian Tourism Award for the seventh successive year and the Heritage & Cultural Tourism category for the third time.
“It also picked up a national award for Heritage Tourism in The Australian Travel and Tourism Awards and continues to be a leading national tourism destination.
“Winning these major awards is terrific acknowledgment of The Authority’s expertise and experience from the Tasmanian tourism industry.”
“Port Arthur is much more than a tourist attraction. It is a fundamental part of Australia’s heritage, and the Authority continues to care for that heritage through outstanding conservation and interpretation work.”
Ongoing maintenance of the site includes projects to reshingle roofs and to repair brick and stone work.
The Authority was successful in gaining almost half a million dollars in Federal funding for conservation work on the Separate Prison.
Interpretation highlights for the 2006-07 financial year included the opening of the innovative Dockyard at Port Arthur, which combines state of the art soundscapes with sculptural elements and celebrates one of the colony’s most important industrial centres.
The Port Arthur Project was one of the largest site-specific installations ever undertaken in Australia and was opened by the Premier as part of Ten Days on the Island.
“The Authority also made a number of key staff appointments in the last financial year, including a new Director of Conservation, an Education Officer and its first full-time Marketing Manager,” Ms Wriedt said.
The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority Annual Report is available for download from the Authority’s website.