Volunteers help preserve Maria Island convict buildings

Minister for Parks

Volunteers help preserve Maria Island convict buildings

12 October 2021

The Tasmanian Government highly values our built heritage and appreciates the hard work of volunteers and Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife staff in maintaining these buildings.

In a joint effort, volunteers worked alongside PWS staff within the Darlington precinct on Maria Island National Park to limewash the 1825-1850s buildings as part of ongoing maintenance work.

Limewash is often used as a decorative finish and is the basis of mortars, plasters and renders for older buildings in Tasmania. Specific directions on limewash and lime slaking were followed by the group.

Maria Island National Park is a special place for Tasmanians and visitors alike, with the location having the unique combination of nature and history.

The contributions from PWS volunteers at Maria Island National Park and across our parks and reserves in Tasmania provides assistance in the protection and conservation of our National Parks.

Thank you to all of the volunteers and staff who were involved in this five-day effort to ensure these beautiful historic buildings are maintained for visitors to explore.

I encourage visitors and Tasmanians to visit Maria Island National Park and be sure to visit the newly transformed convict buildings while you are there.

For more information about Maria Island National Park visit the PWS website:  https://parks.tas.gov.au/explore-our-parks/maria-island-national-park

Delivering on our commitment to review the Fire Service Act 1979

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Delivering on our commitment to review the Fire Service Act 1979

12 October 2021

As part of the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s plan to keep Tasmanians safe, we recently commenced consultation on the development of a new contemporary Fire Service Act 1979.

The consultation includes the release of the Review of the current Act which was undertaken by Mr Mike Blake (the Blake Fire Service Act Review).

Today we are releasing the Department of Treasury and Finance Options Paper (the Options Paper) that relates to the 16 Financial Management Recommendations that are outlined in the Blake Fire Service Act Review.

The Tasmanian Government wants to ensure that fire and emergency services in Tasmania are funded in an equitable, transparent, and sustainable way which is why we are now inviting Tasmanians to review the Options Paper and to have their say on potential future funding models.

To allow all Tasmanians to review both documents in detail and to make submissions, we are extending the consultation period for the Blake Fire Service Act Review and the Treasury Options Paper to Monday 6 December 2021.

As previously announced, Mr Michael Stevens, an experienced policy professional who undertook the role of Bushfire Recovery Coordinator for the devastating Bushfires in 2013 and 2019, is leading the next stage of this important body of work.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government will continue to deliver on our commitment to keeping Tasmanians safe, and we will continue to invest to ensure bushfire safety and prevention.

The consultation documents can be found at www.dpfem.tas.gov.au