Bright Future for Low Head Tourism Thu 2 August 2012 Brian Wightman Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage One of northern Tasmania's most exceptional heritage attractions has been restored to boost its tourism appeal. The enhancement work on the Low Head Pilot Station has been funded by $990,000 from the Urban Renewal Heritage Fund. The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Brian Wightman, said the station has national heritage significance. "This is a fascinating attraction with so much to discover," Mr Wightman said. "More people should see it, and this restoration gives it huge tourism potential. "This restoration has been particularly sympathetic to the site's heritage values, because that's what's precious and unique to visitors. "The whole project is a great example of how a significant heritage site can both be developed and protected as a viable tourism destination. "That's happened through an excellent partnership between the State Government, private enterprise, and community groups, and I congratulate everyone involved," he said. The pilot station and lighthouse precinct is the oldest group of pilot buildings in Australia, dating back to 1805. It's managed and maintained through a successful partnership between the Parks and Wildlife Service, a commercial operator and lessee - Adolarius Pty Ltd, and a strong community support group - including the museum volunteers and the Low Head Progress and Heritage Association. Nine major buildings at the pilot station, and seven at the light station, have been upgraded over the past two years, in co-operation with the site's lessee. The cold, moist, salty, wind-driven air and rain (combined with poor site drainage) had taken its toll - with buildings damaged by rising damp and rotted timber. Many buildings were derelict, or in various states of repair. Their heritage values have been preserved and protected through adaptive re-use as tourism facilities, including accommodation. The grounds have been tidied, with overgrown vegetation removed, and buildings have been fitted-out for self-contained accommodation. There's now accommodation available in three and four-bedroom cottages, fully renovated to a 3.5 to 4.5 star standard. More than 30 consultants, contractors and suppliers worked on the project. Many were local small business operators - providing an economic boost for the George Town community.