The Port Arthur Historic Site has been granted almost $900,000 of Commonwealth funds to undertake the next stage of conservation and interpretation works at the Separate Prison.
Funding was announced today by the Federal Minister for the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett, during a visit to the Cascade Female Factory with the Tasmanian Minister for Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts, Michelle O’Byrne.
The funding has been provided through the Australian Government’s Jobs Fund. Mr Garrett said the Australian Government investment in these important sites will lead to significant employment opportunities in the local building industry.
“As a result of this funding, a range of skilled local tradespeople, such as stone masons and artisans, will be employed at each of the sites.
“The projects also offer opportunities to support young people undertaking apprenticeships and traineeships and help them develop skills for their future careers.
There were also funds announced for works at other significant Tasmanian convict sites at the Cascades Female Factory, Brickenden Estate and Woolmers Estate.
“Equally important is the positive heritage outcomes these projects will provide to the four convict sites – all of which are included in the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage nomination,” said Minsiter Garrett.
- $897,650 for the Port Arthur Historic Site Separate Prison for conservation works including repairs to the roof and ceiling, to stabilise masonry, painting, and the installation of on-site interpretative material.
- $523,000 for Cascades Female Factory to complete the viewing platform at the site and reinstate the perimeter definition to the once walled boundary of two yards.
- $591,000 for Woolmers Estate to provide disability access to the historic wool shed, protect weather damage to convict graffiti, restore cottage foundations and install visitor information.
- $500,000 for Brickendon Estate to stabilise farm precinct structures including stables, timber barns and brick outbuildings.
These works at the Separate Prison will build upon the previous conservation and interpretation works undertaken there, which were launched by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Premier David Bartlett in August last year.