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Joint Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
Federal Member for Bass
Michael Ferguson MP

15 November 2005

Tourism boost from historic Low Head restoration

Visitors travelling to Launceston's historic Low Head Pilots Station can stay in cottages which housed boat crews more than a century ago, thanks to $250,000 in Australian Government funding to refurbish the historic precinct.

The funding will be spread over three years and results from a 2004 election commitment.

Details of the refurbishment were announced today by the Australian Minster for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, and Federal Member for Bass, Michael Ferguson.

"The Low Head Pilots Station is the oldest continuously operating Ships Pilot Station in Australia," Senator Campbell said.

"Two 19th century cottages at this historic site will be restored to provide new and upgraded accommodation for visitors.

"This will mean that Low Head will be able to cater for more visitors and give them a richer experience.

"Tourists will be staying right in the heart of a culturally and historically significant district in the same cottages that housed the Launceston Marine Board boat crews."

Mr Ferguson said the two cottages to be restored were built in 1859 and 1860.

"The 1860 cottage is a classic example of period architecture," Mr Ferguson said.

"Refurbishing the buildings for visitor accommodation will give locals and tourists alike the chance to immerse themselves in the district's rich maritime history.

"Improving visitor accommodation in the district will help generate the income necessary for the site's long-term viability and have positive benefits for the local economy."

Media Contact:
Renae Stoikos (Minister Campbell) 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434
Tim Roberson (Michael Ferguson) 03 6331 0074 or 0407 183 549

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