$1.7 million commitment for Launceston tramways heritage tourism hub proposal

Boost for Unique Local Tourism Opportunity

Kim Booth MP

The Tasmanian Greens today (Saturday, 13th February 2010) released their $1.7 million support package, Putting the Launceston Trams back on Track for the Launceston Tram Inveresk Heritage Tourism Hub proposal, which has been developed by the Launceston Tramway Museum Society.

Greens Member for Bass, Kim Booth MP, who was joined by Greens Leader Nick McKim MP to launch the commitment at Festivale in Launceston, said that the historic tram project was an exciting opportunity to create a unique northern Tasmanian heritage tourism attraction that would also boost other local businesses.

“Putting our local Launceston heritage trams back on track at the original Inveresk tramshed is a great and exciting opportunity,” Mr Booth said.

“The Greens are ready to deliver the necessary funds to get Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the Heritage Tourism Hub proposal up and running, which is the main assistance being requested by the Management Committee.”

The Greens’ $1.7 million support package for Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the Heritage Transport Hub includes:

  • $1,220,000 for Stage 1Launceston’s proposed new Heritage Transport Hub, and Museum extension at Inveresk
  • $200,000 for overhead power to be provided to the Inveresk tram track
  • $280,000 over four years to employ a Project Manager

“This nationally significant collection will value-add to the historic Inveresk site and will assist it to develop into an iconic large scale heritage attraction. Tourism sites that offer such a unique and genuine experience on this scale become the engine drivers of local economies, and that is the potential of this proposal.

“This is a positive plan for local tourism, local jobs and local businesses.”

“This diligent group of people had the vision and the tenacity to undertake such a labor of love collecting and restoring Launceston’s historical municipal trams.  Their vision could now provide a genuine and enduring asset for Launceston and the broader northern region with the project having an identified capacity to attract between 10,000 and 30,000 visitors each year.”

“The Greens are ready to get behind this exciting tourism and heritage proposal and deliver for the broader community,” Mr Booth said.

Mr Booth paid tribute to the years of hard work undertaken by the Launceston Tramway Museum Society and its Management Committee to build up their heritage tramway collection and develop such a comprehensive business case for the proposed Heritage Transport Hub.

Kosciuszko Thredbo to Undertake Sustainability Benchmarking

Australia may be almost 60 per cent desert, but it still boasts a snow area that has international conservation significance and is valued by all Australians.

Providing a spectacular backdrop to the capital city Canberra, the Australian Alps extend 400km southwards from the state of New South Wales to Victoria. Within the area can be found a chain of state forests and famous national parks such as Kosciuszko.

Set within the 690,000 hectares of the Kosciuszko National Park, Thredbo is one of Australia’s most spectacular alpine communities. It’s also poised to become one of the worlds most sustainable.

Kosciuszko Thredbo recently entered into agreement with the world’s largest provider of travel and tourism certifications, EC3 Global, to undertake sustainability benchmarking. It’s expected that this will reveal exactly how well the resort village is performing with regards to its operations and community.

Kosciuszko Thredbo operates in one of Australia’s most beautiful and sensitive natural settings. Within this landscape, Thredbo Village has evolved to become a vibrant and diverse community.

Thredbo’s natural and social resources have helped place Kosciuszko Thredbo at the forefront of Australian alpine resorts, explains Paul Corcoran, of Kosciuszko Thredbo. “However, this privilege carries a responsibility to manage Thredbo wisely. Kosciuszko Thredbo is committed to achieving and maintaining a leading position in sustainable alpine resort management. Under our stewardship, the natural and social values of the Thredbo will be conserved or improved for the use and enjoyment of future generations”.

Thredbo is enjoyed by close to a million people annually and so the benchmarking exercise will help management to gain a comprehensive overview of operational and precinct impacts. Indicators will be used to measure the performance of the tourism sites, facilities and services, including accommodation, activities, retail outlets and vehicle use.

EC3 Global will also assess the overall performance of the Kosciuszko Thredbo community and Kosciuszko Thredbo’s management. This will be achieved using a series of precinct-relevant indicators that include measures for overall energy and water consumption, waste production for the community, and operational indicators specific to the Kosciuszko Thredbo management company.

“Benchmarking exercises such as this one are ideal for tourism operators who own large precincts and the assets within them,” explained Stewart Moore, CEO of EC3 Global. “Dreamworld and Skyrail are two examples of where benchmarking has delivered an excellent outcome and other organisations perfectly positioned to manage their impact in this manner would be the likes of Disney World and Whistler.”

The Ningaloo Coast has been nominated for World Heritage listing

The Ningaloo Coast has been nominated for World Heritage listing by the Australian Government with the support of the Western Australia Government. It has also been included in the National Heritage List,  Australia’s most prestigious heritage recognition.

The announcement that the nomination is being sent to the World Heritage Centre in Paris was made today in Perth by the Australian Government Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett and WA Environment Minister Donna Faragher.

The nomination, recognising the outstanding biological diversity of the region, is for an area of 708,000ha in midwest Western Australia, and includes Cape Range on Exmouth Peninsula, a coastal strip extending about 260km south to Red Bluff, as well as adjacent dunefields, marine areas, reefs and islands. Mr Garrett said he took great pleasure in both the National Heritage listing of the area and submission of the World Heritage nomination.

“This is a major achievement for both governments and I am very pleased that the Rudd Government is able to deliver on this important commitment,” Mr Garrett said.

“The Ningaloo Coast tells an extraordinary story of biogeography, climate change, the assembling of continents and the opening of oceans, biological richness and environmental conservation.

“The world renowned Ningaloo Reef stretches hundreds of kilometres along the arid coastline. The present day reef mirrors much earlier reefs that are preserved in the ancient limestone terraces of Cape Range, recording evidence of changing sea levels over time.

“The World Heritage nomination reflects that Ningaloo is internationally significant for its role in the protection of an exceptional number of marine and terrestrial species.

“From its spectacular coral reefs to the beautiful sponge gardens of the continental slope, the richness of the area’s biodiversity is awesome in the true sense of the word.”

The Minister said the extraordinary Ningaloo area is home to some of Australia’s most iconic marine megafauna: manta rays, dugongs, marine turtles, whales and dolphins, rays and sharks, along with the magnificent whale shark, the world’s largest fish, which aggregates in higher numbers than anywhere else on Earth.

The nomination document is being sent to the World Heritage Centre in Paris, where it will be assessed over the next 18 months.

Australia currently has 17 World Heritage properties, including the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Opera House and Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park. In addition to the Ningaloo Coast nomination, the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage nomination of 11 sites around the country, is also under consideration by the World Heritage Centre, with a decision expected later in the year.

Ningaloo becomes the 89th place to be included in the National Heritage List.

Ningaloo Reef photos: Tony Howard and Cathy Zwick, DEWHA
Jan 2010

Historic Remnants of Douglas Mawson’s Mono-Plane Uncovered in Antarctica

While looking for suitable shore-side landing spots for guests travelling onboard the expedition ship Orion, Mawson’s Huts Foundation team member Mark Farrell has uncovered remnant metal piping from Douglas Mawson’s mono-plane, taken with Mawson almost a century ago on his 1911 Antarctic expedition.

Built just eight years after the Wright brothers’ first flight, this aircraft was the first produced by the Vickers factory in Britain, and the first taken to either polar region.

Transported to Antarctica without its wings, the plane was used for a time as a motorised sledge before eventually being abandoned because its Vickers engine succumbed to the extreme temperatures, described by Mawson as having “developed an internal disorder”.

The plane was last seen in the mid-1970s when Antarctic researchers photographed the ice-encrusted fuselage. Unusually low tides, in combination with unprecedented melting of ice had exposed the rusty remnants, found on New Year’s Day 2010.

Heritage Honour for Iconic Alps

One of the nation’s most outstanding and breathtaking mountain landscapes, the Australian Alps, has been awarded Australia’s highest heritage honour with its inclusion in the National Heritage List.

The Australian Alps National Parks was the largest and most complex National Heritage assessment to date, encompassing 1.6 million hectares of national parks and reserves across eleven national parks and nature reserves in the ACT, NSW and Victoria.

Known as the High Country in Victoria, Snowy Mountains in New South Wales and the Brindabella Range in the Australian Capital Territory, the listing of the Australian Alps National Parks recognises the outstanding natural, Indigenous and historic values of this iconic landscape.

The high altitude peaks, some rising above 2000 metres, and plateaus, glacial lakes and alpine and sub-alpine ecosystems of the Australian Alps are rare in our mostly flat, dry and warm continent. The Alps are home to the snow gum and unique alpine species like the mountain pygmy possum, as well as in the summer months providing spectacular arrays of alpine wildflowers.

The distinctive snow covered slopes of the Australian Alps provide a playground for broad-scale snow recreation in the nation.

The Australian Alps have a strong association with Australia’s natural and cultural history. They are an important place of dreaming and gathering for Aboriginal people and of recollection and discovery as former grazing land once traversed by stockmen, gold prospectors, pastoralists, migrants and botanists of early settlement.

Places on the National Heritage List are afforded protection under the Australian Government’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act and we will continue to work together with NSW, Victoria, and the ACT to ensure the protection and proper management of the outstanding heritage values of the Australian Alps National Parks.

For the people of New South Wales the majestic Snowy Mountains have long been a place of outstanding natural beauty and a key part of our colonial heritage.

Grand hiking and superlative fishing add year-round appeal to the Snowy Mountains, easily reached from Sydney. The Snowy Mountains, often just called ‘the Snowies’, is the only part of the Australian mainland cold enough for skiable snow to form. In winter, cross-country and downhill skiing have thousands of devotees. There are plenty of top-class resorts to enjoy, among them Thredbo Alpine Village, Perisher Blue Ski Resort and Selwyn Ski Resort.

The fun is not confined to winter. At the heart of the Snowy Mountains, Kosciuszko National Park is renowned for its spring displays of alpine wildflowers, trout-filled mountain streams and sparkling lakes. The park extends over 690,000 hectares, where walkers can relish breathtaking wilderness vistas and bracing mountain air.

Witses Hut – off the Nungar Creek Fire Trail

Images couresty of Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts

Inglewood community develop the town’s heritage museum

The Brumby Labor Government will provide $300,000 to help the Inglewood community develop the town’s historical eucalyptus factory site into a heritage museum in a bid to boost tourism in the small town.

“The Brumby Labor Government wants to ensure Inglewood residents can share their town’s proud history with the rest of Victoria and that’s why we are supporting the development of the museum on this heritage site,” she said.

Regional and Rural Development Minister Jacinta Allan said the Jones Eucy factory began in 1890 soon after the 19th century gold rush.

“The Jones Eucy factory distilled eucalyptus oil from the surrounding eucalyptus mallee forest. It closed in 1998 and is now in community ownership.

“The museum will showcase period memorabilia and tools of the eucalyptus trade as well as featuring creative displays demonstrating the technical process and telling the story of the bush entrepreneurs and manual labourers who worked here.

“It will also provide local jobs – 30 jobs during construction and one ongoing – while preserving a vital part of the region’s history.”

Ms Allan said the project, known as the Inglewood Blue Eucy Park, would feature a small museum and corrugated iron toilet block.

“This project will continually benefit Inglewood and its local businesses by providing a boost in tourism,” she said.

“It will both enhance and complement the heritage characteristics of the township, its central location to a vibrant wine district, highway frontage, goldmining relics, Kooyoora State Park and the Loddon River.

“I am confident that visitors will more than ever stop, shop and stay in Inglewood.”

Ms Allan said the $300,000 would be sourced from the Victorian Government’s Small Towns Drought Program.

Inglewood is a historic goldmining town situated on the Calder Highway 45 km north west of Bendigo and 195 km west of Melbourne.

Pub: Jan 2010

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