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Seasonal campfire restrictions commence in national parks and reserves


Restrictions on campfires, pot fires and other solid fuel stoves will come in to place from Saturday 28th September at identified Parks and Wildlife Service campgrounds around the State to help reduce the risk of bushfires.More

Fly Neighbourly Advice for the Tasman National Park


Public comment is invited on the draft Tasman National Park Fly Neighbourly Advice. The draft Fly Neighbourly Advice has been prepared by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service in response to increasing air traffic over the Tasman National Park.More

Hybrid diesel-electric shuttle buses at Cradle Mountain - a first for National p


When you next visit Cradle Mountain you will be able to step aboard one of the new hybrid, diesel-electric, shuttle buses on your trip to Dove Lake. These new buses will reduce emissions and deliver a quieter, all mobility friendly, visitor experience.More

Lease ensures bright future for Entally House


A bright future for one of Tasmania's most historic properties, Entally House, has been assured following the signing of a lease between the State Government and Gunns Ltd.

The Minister for Parks and Heritage, Judy Jackson, said the lease agreement provided a model for commercial sponsorship to help preserve historic buildings.

"This long-term solution will protect the heritage values of the site, while minimising the burden of maintenance on the Tasmanian community," Ms Jackson said.

"It ensures that the Entally House historic site is managed as a viable historic attraction for the people of Tasmania.

"The lease will allow the development and operation of a restaurant, wine cellar and retail outlet and for Gunns to establish a vineyard within the historic site, together with providing and conducting tours within Entally House.

"These arrangements ensure that public access to the site will be maintained for a minimum of 360 days a year and that the significant involvement of volunteers will continue.

"In particular, it ensures that the relationship with the National Trust and the Entally House volunteers has a solid foundation to continue to provide services.

"As part of the agreement, Gunns Ltd intends to invest a significant amount in heritage works at the site over the next five years.

"It also requires that all works at the site will be in compliance with heritage guidelines as defined by Heritage Tasmania and in the Entally House Historic Site Strategic Asset Management Plan."

Gunns Ltd was selected following an expression of interest process late last year. It will take over management of the site on 1 July 2005.

Mrs Jackson said the Department of Tourism, Parks, Heritage and the Arts, utilising ongoing specialist advice from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, will maintain its involvement in the management of the extensive moveable heritage collection at Entally House.

Entally House is 18 kilometres from Launceston at Hadspen. The house was built in 1819. The 37 hectare estate features superb grounds and gardens that include a green house, chapel, coach house and stables.

This initiative is part of the State Government's commitment to progressing Tasmania Together Goal 21 - Value, protect and conserve our natural and cultural heritage.