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New York avant-garde string quartet ETHEL and the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra combined for a very special day of music at Port Artur as part of Ten Days on the Island in March 2009.(Credit: PAHSMA - Photo by Andrew Ross, 2009)

Port Arthur Community Advisory Committee

In 2009 PAHSMA established a Local Community Advisory Committee to assist with our management of the Port Arthur and Coal Mines Historic Sites.

The aims of the Committee include the promotion and facilitation of an exchange of information between the Community and PAHSMA, and to provide an avenue for the Tasman Peninsula Community to discuss local issues, views and concerns.  

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 Call for nominations

The PAHSMA Board is calling for nominations from interested individuals or representatives of groups who wish to contribute to the management and conservation of the Port Arthur and Coal Mines Historic Sites. Examples of such groups and individuals might include:

  • Residents
  • Business interests
  • Tourism interests
  • Local fishing interests
  • Local Heritage interests (both natural and cultural)
  • Local government
  • Staff representative
  • Any other person / interest group who can demonstrate a significant interest.

Nominations should detail the way in which the nominee can represent the broad perspectives of the community and can bring to the Committee knowledge of the opinions and concerns of community members and groups. If the nominee is the representative of a group, then a formal letter of support from the group should also be provided.

Nominations (marked confidential) should be addressed to:
Prof. Sharon Sullivan, AO
Chair, PAHSMA Board
Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority

Nominations close on Wednesday 3 June 2015 and can be either mailed to the address above or emailed.

A copy of the Committee Terms of Reference is available below.


If further information is needed about any aspect of this call for members please contact:

Jane Harrington, Director Conservation and Infrastructure, phone (03) 6251 2330, or by email


Stephen Large, Chief Executive Officer, phone 6251 2300, or by email


Purpose of the Community Advisory Committee

  • To improve the involvement and support of the local community in the management and conservation of the Port Arthur Historic Site and the Coal Mines Historic Site.
  • To promote the exchange of information about, and raise awareness of, issues involving the local community and PAHSMA that involve the management and conservation of the Historic Sites.
  • To facilitate communication between the Authority and the local community, and to provide a forum to exchange information relevant to PAHSMA issues and local community views and concerns.
  • To give the local community an avenue to formally discuss local issues and to work towards identifying and resolving local concerns.
  • To provide a mechanism, including helping to source funding, for the active participation of the local community in conservation and tourism actions and activities associated with the Historic Sites.
  • To provide an equitable forum in which to allow all committee members to express the views and opinions of their representative groups.