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The State Government is seeking expressions of interest for commercial operations at the historic Low Head maritime site.

The Minister for the Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts, Michelle O'Byrne, said the Parks and Wildlife Service is looking for people interested in undertaking the operation and enhancement of visitor facilities and services for the Low Head Light Station and Low Head Pilot Station at Low Head.

"This is a prime coastal heritage site just 50km north of Launceston that provides a variety of business opportunities in one of Tasmania's most significant tourism areas, which includes the Tamar Valley and Launceston," Ms O'Byrne said.

"The Low Head maritime site is a place of national importance and one of Tasmania's most significant cultural assets."

The Low Head Pilot Station and Lighthouse precinct is the oldest group of pilot buildings in Australia, dating back to 1805.

Ms O'Byrne said the site offered a number of existing activities including accommodation and café-kiosk and that both sites could be enhanced by further improvements.

"We are committed to maintaining the values of the site while putting in place commercial arrangements that will preserve and present Low Head's significant heritage and tourism values," Ms O'Byrne said.

"We also recognise the strong community connection to the site and the contribution made by volunteers from the Low Head Pilot Station Support Group and others who continue to help with presenting and preserving the site."

Documents relating to the Expression of Interest are available on the Tasmanian Government's tenders website at www.purchasing.tas.gov.au

An open day at Low Head will be held on 16 July for interested parties. Those wishing to attend will need to register for this open day.