The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority has recorded an extraordinarily productive and successful 2008-09 financial year. In addition to record visitor numbers for the second year in succession, the Authority hosted the reopening of the Separate Prison by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Premier David Bartlett, and saw the receipt of the formal Australian Convict Sites World Heritage nomination, which includes both the Port Arthur and Coal Mines Historic Sites.
The year was also successful financially, with sound financial outcome for the Authority’s Tourism Operations Department enabling surplus income to be reinvested into its conservation program.
The Port Arthur Historic Sites’ financial contribution to the State was reassessed during the year and it was found that in addition to the significant wage income ($15.3 million) and employment effects (227 full-time equivalent jobs), Port Arthur contributes almost $31 million per annum to the Gross State Product of Tasmania.
The Authority has once again been successful in winning a number of awards including the 2008 Tasmanian Tourism Awards in the Major Attraction and Heritage and Cultural Tourism categories, The Australian Newspaper Travel and Tourism Awards in the best Heritage Tourism category and the 2009 Gourmet Traveller Magazine Award for Best Heritage Tourism.
The details were contained in the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority’s Annual Report for 2008-09, which was tabled in Parliament today by Environment and Heritage Minister Michelle O’Byrne.
“These are exceptional results, ranging across the full spectrum of performance indicators and corporate objectives,” said Ms O’Byrne.
“That they have been achieved in the recent climate of global economic uncertainty makes them doubly remarkable. They have been achieved through the hard work and diligence of the entire team at Port Arthur, and on behalf of all Tasmanians I would like to express my thanks and congratulations to the Board, management and staff of the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority for this exceptional result.
“Port Arthur and the Coal Mines are incredible cultural heritage assets for Tasmania and Australia and we are all fortunate to have these assets being managed so capably and with such care.”
The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority’s Annual Reports are available for download.