PAHSMA Chair Dr Barry Jones this week handed the Port Arthur Historic Site’s nomination for the National Heritage List to the Federal Minister for the Environment & Heritage Dr David Kemp.
“This is a very important day for the Site as it seeks nomination on the newly created National Heritage List and also another step in pursuing eventual World Heritage status for the Port Arthur Historic Site,” he said.
“PAHSMA fully supports the new legislation and the recognition of outstanding national places in Australia.
“Port Arthur is indeed an outstanding Site worthy of recognition on the National List,” Dr Jones said.
The Port Arthur Historic Site continues to go from strength to strength both in the implementation of a “best practice” conservation programme and delivering a quality tourism experience to the many visitors that flock to Tasmania’s premier tourist attraction.
Port Arthur’s daytime visitor numbers for the twelve months to the end of March 2004 exceed 247,000 people, an increase of 14% on the attendance records achieved for the same period last year.
Dr Jones paid tribute to the Tasmanian State Government for its continued support of the Port Arthur Conservation Programme and also to the Port Arthur staff who had performed with distinction in what has been an extraordinarily busy period.
Dr Jones also encouraged Tasmanians that had not been to the Site for some time to make the trip to the Tasman Peninsula and see for themselves the wonderful progress that the Site has made in the last few years.