The Soldiers Memorial Avenue on the Port Arthur Historic Site is a significant component of the heritage of Port Arthur, with a strong association with the post-convict township history of the site.
It is now over 90 years old, and the trees are in varying stages of decline. Under the direction of a steering committee, which included members of the PAHSMA Community Advisory Committee and the Tasman RSL, PAHSMA has completed a draft Conservation Management Plan for the Memorial Avenue. This plan was put together by John Wadsley with input from Naomi Jeffs, PAHSMA Grounds and Gardens Supervisor, and a number of other Tasman community members.
The plan has examined the history of the Avenue and made an assessment of its heritage significance, so that policies for the future management of the Avenue could be developed. The draft CMP has made a recommendation for the staged removal and replanting of the Memorial Avenue.
The draft Soldiers Memorial Avenue Conservation Management Plan is now available for public comment and we welcome your feedback. An electronic version of the plan is available by clicking here and hard copies are available for viewing at the PAHSMA Resource Centre at the Port Arthur Historic Site, and the Tasman Council office in Nubeena. If none of these options is suitable for you please do not hesitate to contact us.
If you have any queries or require further information please contact Naomi Jeffs on (03) 6251 2335 or firstname.lastname@example.org
You can provide comment directly to Naomi Jeffs by phone or email as above, or in writing to the Port Arthur Historic Site, Arthur Highway, Port Arthur 7182. Comments are open until 29 February 2012.
We particularly encourage feedback from descendents of those who are commemorated on the Avenue. And we would welcome suggestions from the community as to possible use for the timber once it has been removed from the Avenue.
We anticipate we will undertake further research on the Memorial Avenue and also the relationship between the Tasman Community and military engagements subsequent to World War 1, so we would also be interested to hear from anyone who has additional information to offer or who would like to be placed on a contact list for future communications about the Avenue.
With the approaching ANZAC Centenary we hope that our Avenue will be able to play a part in the commemorations, and work with the Conservation Management Plan will be an important part of that contribution. Comments and any queries can be directed to Naomi Jeffs on (03) 6251 2335.