Minister for Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts David O’Byrne today met with the Port Arthur Management Authority to discuss progress towards World Heritage Area nomination.
The World Heritage Committee is expected to make a final decision on the Australian Government’s Convict Sites Nomination at its next meeting in Brazil in early August.
On his first official visit to the award-winning site, Mr O’Byrne also discussed the ongoing management of the site with Chairman Barry Jones and board members Jude Franks, Sue Clark and Stephen Large.
“I congratulate the board and the entire staff of the historic site who have worked to create such a popular tourist destination,” Mr O’Byrne said.
“Port Arthur is recognised as one of the most important historic sites in the country and their work in preservation and interpretation ensures that the visitor experience matches, and even exceeds, the high expectations that have been set.
“The competition for World Heritage nomination is fierce, but nevertheless, we believe the joint nomination put forward by the states and the Commonwealth is strong.”
“It is important to seize on opportunities like this to promote our uniquely Tasmanian experiences to the rest of the world.”
The nomination includes five Tasmanian sites: Port Arthur and the Coal Mines Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula; the Cascades Female Factory in South Hobart; Darlington Probation Station on Maria Island; and Woolmers and Brickendon Estates.
The other six sites are in New South Wales, Western Australia and Norfolk Island.
“It is also important we recognise that the nominated sites are already on the National Heritage List, a clear statement of their immense value to the Tasmanian and Australian community,” Mr O’Byrne said.
“Significant community consultation has also taken place to ensure the public is involved in this important nomination.”
The State Government has made a substantial financial contribution to the World Heritage nomination.