The Acting Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Scott Bacon, today welcomed Professor Sharon Sullivan AO as the new Chair of the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA).
Mr Bacon said Prof Sullivan’s appointment follows the retirement of PAHSMA Chairman, Dr Barry Jones AO, in December last year after 12 years in the role.
“Prof Sullivan is one of Australia’s most highly-respected cultural heritage specialists and has been Deputy Chair of PAHSMA since 2000,” he said.
“She brings a wealth of experience from her involvement with heritage management around the world and has worked and published extensively on cultural heritage management issues for 30 years in Australia and overseas, including the USA, China, Africa and Cambodia.
“Prof Sullivan works or has worked with the Australian Government, the World Bank, the World Monuments Fund, the Getty Conservation Institute and the Government of the People’s Republic of China.”
Mr Bacon also acknowledged and thanked Dr Jones for his many years of service to the PAHSMA Board.
“Barry has overseen huge changes at the Port Arthur Historic Site and in the PAHSMA organisation, including assumption of management responsibility for the Coal Mines and Cascades Female Factory Historic Sites and the elevation of the sites to both National Heritage and World Heritage status,” he said.
“He has been a tireless advocate for the Port Arthur Historic Sites in particular, and for heritage conservation in general and all Tasmanians owe him a debt of gratitude.”
Members of the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority’s Board are appointed by the Tasmanian Government.