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Public input sought on female factory conservation plan

05/02/2007

Public comment is being sought on a draft conservation management plan for the Cascades Female Factory.

The aim of the plan is to assist policy and strategy development for the protection and management of the site.

It primarily focuses on land areas known as Yard 1 (the Female Factory Historic Site managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Tourism, Arts and the Environment) and Yards 3 and 4 South (owned and managed by the Female Factory Historic Site Ltd).

The Cascades Female Factory, in Degraves Street South Hobart, is Australia's premier female convict site.

It operated between 1828 and 1856 and comprised five conjoined rectangular sandstone compounds or "yards" to house and reform convict women. More than half the 25,000 women transported to Australia came to Van Diemen's Land, and most had a connection or association with the Cascades Female Factory.

The heritage values of the site are recognised at a local and state level, with listing in the City of Hobart Planning Scheme and in the Tasmanian Heritage Register respectively.

The site's national and international values are also being acknowledged, with its recent nomination to the National Heritage List and inclusion in the Australian Government's convict serial nomination to the World Heritage List.

To make a comment on the draft plan, go to www.dtae.tas.gov.au/femalefactory.

For more information on the Cascades Female Factory, please visit the Female Factory Historic Site Ltd website www.femalefactory.com.au.