Australian Heritage Grant funding for historic Longford convict site

Federal Member for Lyons Brian Mitchell has today welcomed the announcement of Australian Heritage Grant funding for vegetation management and estate fire prevention at Woolmers Estate, Longford.

“The $303,600 funding will enable Woolmers Foundation Inc to assess and develop a vegetation management and estate fire prevention plan for Woolmers Estate,” Mr Mitchell said.

The project will focus particularly around the main homestead and riverbank areas, with specific guidance to improve longevity of mature trees, vegetation/ground fire suppression to enable better long-term protection of buildings and gardens, and to implement a recommended fire suppression system.

“I was glad to support the important work of Woolmers Foundation Inc which continues to educate patrons in the historical significance of convict sites in Tasmania,” Mr Mitchell said.

“I acknowledge and congratulate the many supporters of this wonderful community asset who have advocated for its protection and enhancement.”

“I know that Woolmers Estate is a treasured part of our community’s heritage, and it also provides a focus for visitors from near and far which will be more important than ever as we rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“At a time when we’ve all been prevented from getting out and about it’s good to remember that our colonial convict heritage will be there for us to reconnect with in better times.”

Labor’s Shadow Assistant Minister for the Environment Josh Wilson said: “Taking care of our natural and cultural heritage is critical to our character and history. It’s how we connect our stories and our identity to the physical world.”

“While this project funding is welcome, it also reminds us that many local environmental and heritage projects need better protection and better support.”

Each year, the Australian Heritage Grant programme delivers around $5 million in funding across the nation to natural, cultural and built heritage sites.