Social and Environmental Responsibility

The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) has long been a champion of sustainable tourism, with visitation of the Historic Site supporting its long-term conservation and interpretation and this in turn leading to increased understanding and appreciation of the need for the conservation of cultural heritage sites.

Social and Cultural Benefits

Along the way the Port Arthur Historic Site has become one of Australia’s leading visitor attractions, with more than a quarter of a million visitors to the Site each year. Being in a relatively remote regional area on the Tasman Peninsula, around an hour and a half’s drive from Tasmania’s capital city, Hobart, the Port Arthur Historic Site is a major employer and driver of economic activity in the region.

These major social benefits are further enhanced through the support of numerous local community groups and activities as well as the presentation of cultural events which have become a regular feature at the Port Arthur Historic Site and to which local community members enjoy free access.

PAHSMA contributes to the community and is involved in a number of community initiatives and activities, by:

  • Supporting the local economy through employment, procurement and marketing practices
  • Acting in a key role within the local government partnership agreement between State Government and the Tasman Council
  • Maintaining strong relationships with Tasman District School and other schools and colleges to provide educational initiatives, such as work experience and VET program placements
  • Offering free entry to local rate payers
  • Hosting a range of community events at the Site
  • Providing sponsorship, in-kind support and donations to community organisations
  • Presenting the Port Arthur Talks Program, a regular series of seminars open to the public and stakeholders
  • Actively supporting the directions of Tourism Tasmania, regional tourism bodies and local tourism operators
  • Participating in cultural heritage sector initiatives, providing representation on heritage committees and providing advice and support to private owners of local heritage sites.

Environmental Benefits

Port Arthur is in a sensitive coastal environment, with much of the surrounding area included in the Tasman National Park. For more than 20 years, the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority has operated its own water supply and waste-water treatment system, to reduce the environmental impacts of such high levels of visitation on the local ecosystem. In recent years a number of local businesses have also been connected to these systems, the only reticulated water supply and sewerage treatment systems in the region.

Eco Tourism

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PAHSMA is committed to and focused on environmentally sustainable and culturally responsible tourism and is registered for Eco Certification with Eco Tourism Australia 

PAHSMA fulfils its environmental responsibilities by:

  • addressing a range of issues including water conservation, recycling of waste materials, gardens and grounds management and the building of new infrastructure within primary and secondary management plans
  • operating the region’s only reticulated water supply and offering sewerage treatment services for the Site and a number of other businesses and local residents
  • participating in initiatives to improve the provision of sewerage and water services in the region
  • implementing climate change initiatives within the context of the Tasmanian State Government carbon emissions reduction project, and
  • recycling glass, cooking oil, plastics and disposing of other waste in a responsible manner.