Tuesday 3 June 2014
Hansard of the Legislative Council
ENTALLY ESTATE -
Mr FINCH to LEADER of the GOVERNMENT in the
I am asking this question on behalf of one of my
constituents who is a volunteer at Entally
House. At present, the Entally Estate is administered by Parks and Wildlife
Service Tasmania, but the previous government decided to drop the estate from
their portfolio. There has again been an advertisement for expressions of
interest from the public to lease the property. Whilst the Tasmanian Government
is in the process of considering a proposal, no official announcement has been
(1) Can the Government give an assurance over the future of the
Entally Estate, established in 1819, which is a very important part of
Tasmania's heritage and a strong tourist attraction in Northern Tasmania?
(2) Can the Government:
(a) Guarantee that the Entally Estate will be managed in
accordance with heritage best practice?
(b) Use its best endeavours to ensure that there is sufficient
financial input to maintain and improve this historic icon and ensure that it
remains freely accessible to the public, as has been the case for the last 64
Mr President, I thank the honourable member for Rosevears
for his question. I note that in answering it I may well be answering the
question of the honourable member for Launceston as well.
(1) Entally Estate is entered on the Tasmanian Heritage Register.
As such, it will continue to be afforded statutory protection, regardless of
who owns or manages the property. An independent audit of the
Entally House operations was completed by the Parks and Wildlife Service and
the best option for Entally was thought to be a long-term lease to a third
party. This lease arrangement could then act as a partnership for the care of
this important historic site.
An expression of interest process
seeking private‑sector interest for the management of the Entally Estate
historic site was commenced in October 2013. The minister, Mr Groom, has
considered the recommendation from the stage 2 assessment report from the Parks
and Wildlife Service and has approved proceeding to the lease negotiation stage
with the preferred proponent from that EOI process. The lease negotiation phase
will take some months to complete. During that time, Parks and Wildlife Service
will continue to oversee management of the site. A formal announcement on the
preferred component will be made once the negotiations on the fundamental terms
of the lease are complete.
(2) (a) As Entally is permanently registered on the Tasmanian
Heritage Register, it will continue to be afforded statutory protection under
the Historic Cultural Heritage Act 1995.
Entally is an identified place of significance for Tasmania under
this act and it will be managed accordingly.
(b) The Tasmanian Government is keen to ensure that the
sustainable management arrangement for Entally is put in place. That will
ideally provide for the public to access the site and ongoing roles for
volunteers and not‑for‑profit groups at the site.