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14 June 2018


Minister for Heritage

Preserving our heritage

The 2018-19 State Budget delivers on all the commitments we have made as part of our Plan to Build Your Future.

Our rich and diverse heritage is an integral part of our way of life, treasured by the community and admired by visitors.

The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens are one of the State’s most visited attractions and are a special feature of our beautiful capital city.

Last year more than 461,000 people, including locals and tourists, visited the gardens, which are the second oldest Botanical Garden in the country.

The Budget includes $3.6 million to develop a new Visitor Centre at the gardens to provide a better experience for visitors and allow for the generation of additional revenue to ensure its ongoing financial sustainability.

Conserving, protecting and re-imagining our heritage listed places is vitally important to their longevity and the future success of our visitor economy.

We recognise that the best way to protect heritage is to have people living and working in our historic buildings to invigorate and enrich our State’s distinctive heritage appeal.

The Budget will implement our Heritage Renewal Loans Scheme designed to assist owners revitalise heritage properties in ways which support our booming visitor economy.

The Budget also includes ongoing funding for the work of the National Trust Tasmania, and Wellington Park Management Trust.