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Thursday, February 09, 2006

Eddystone Point Lease Agreement

A 40 year lease has been signed by the Tasmanian Government and the Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania for land at Eddystone Point in Tasmania’s north east.

The leased area includes three houses but not the Eddystone Point lightstation. Public access to the lightstation will continue under the lease agreement.

The lease will ensure that the Aboriginal community is able to continue its close connection with this culturally rich area.

Minister for Parks and Heritage, Judy Jackson said the lease agreement recognises that the site is an area of significance to the Tasmanian Aboriginal community.

“This long-term lease agreement recognises the significance of this site and is an important step in the Government providing the Aboriginal community a further management role in national parks,” Ms Jackson said.

“Eddystone Point is within the Mt William National Park and the Parks and Wildlife Service will continue to work cooperatively with the Tasmanian Aboriginal community in managing both Eddystone Point and Mt William National Park.

“It is important that some catch-up maintenance be undertaken as a matter of priority to ensure that the historic integrity of the houses is retained and for health and safety reasons.

“I am therefore pleased to be able to confirm that the State Government will provide funding to ensure that maintenance work will be undertaken over an appropriate period of time. The timing of this work will be negotiated with the Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania through an agreed schedule of works.”

This initiative is part of the State Government’s commitment to progressing Tasmania Together Goal 21 – Value, protect and conserve our natural and cultural heritage.


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