Visitors to the Coal Mines Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula will be given the opportunity to participate in a visitor survey this summer.
The Coal Mines, with its ruins surrounded by regenerating woodlands, provides an informal setting and a very different visitor experience to that provided at Port Arthur. At a local level the reserve has been used by the Tasman and wider Tasmanian community for informal gatherings and for recreational activities.
The Coal Mines was first reserved in 1938 and the heritage significance of the reserve is recognised by its listing in the Tasmanian Heritage Register and the National Heritage List. The Coal Mines is also part of the ‘Australian Convict Sites’ World Heritage Nomination.
The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) is in the early stages of developing a Master Plan for the Coal Mines Historic Site. The management of the Coal Mines was transferred to PAHSMA in 2004 and the Master Plan is being drafted to develop a vision for the future management of the site and to guide day to day management activities.
To assist with its planning process PAHSMA wishes to find out what visitors expect at the site and their experiences during their visit. To acquire this information, PAHSMA will be undertaking visitor surveys at the Coal Mines during the 2009-10 summer season.
PAHSMA is also aware that local community members are very interested in the site and is keen to engage the Tasman community in developing a vision for the future management of the Coal Mines. PAHSMA has been discussing this with its Community Advisory Committee and will be starting a community consultation process in January.
Anyone interested in being kept informed about the development of the Master Plan or would like to be involved in the community consultation process, please contact Eric Tierney at PAHSMA on 6251 2339.