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The Parks and Wildlife Service has announced that a new lessee is set to commence commercial operations at the Low Head Pilot Station and Historic Site from 1 October, 2010.

Parks and Wildlife Service general manager Peter Mooney said that the consortium Sherrard, Florance and Godfrey (SFG) were the preferred proponents following an Expression of Interest (EOI) process that began in 2008.

“We are very pleased to announce that the lengthy negotiations with SFG that followed the EOI have come to fruition and the consortium will begin operations at the site in October,” Mr Mooney said.

“What is also encouraging is that the lessee is committed to investing in the site’s accommodation and café and to providing improved visitor experiences.”

Mr Mooney said that new commercial arrangement will help to maintain the values of the site while also developing its full potential as a tourism operation.

“The Low Head Pilot Station and Lighthouse Precinct is the oldest group of pilot buildings in Australia, dating back to 1805 and the oldest pilot station operating from its original site. It is a place of national importance and one of Tasmania’s most significant cultural assets,” he said.

“We’re also committed to supporting those community volunteers that contribute selflessly to the operation of the Maritime Museum and a separate lease agreement has been developed to support their activities.”

It is expected that SFG will detail their plans for the site closer to the lease commencement date.

New lessees for Low Head Pilot Station

The Low Head Pilot Station and Historic Site.

New lessees for Low Head Pilot Station

The lighthouse at Low Head.

New lessees for Low Head Pilot Station

Some of the maritime history that can be experienced at the site.