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Highfield Historic Site at Stanley is set to attract more visitors with an innovative and engaging interpretation project.

Minister for Tourism, Arts and the Environment, Paula Wriedt said the interpretation upgrade is part of a major investment of $645,000 by the State Government in the site over the past four years.

"This interpretation project has been ambitious and innovative," Ms Wriedt said.

"The funding has provided for a range of improvements that have helped to conserve this historic site, while also helping to make it sustainable and self-supporting into the future.

"Over the past four years one could really say that Highfield has been transformed and is now a model for historic sites around the State.

"The project has involved the Stanley community and particularly the Highfield Advisory Committee, which has contributed to the restoration and the interpretation project during the past several years."

Ms Wriedt said the committee has provided much-needed support and input since the late 1990s by giving their time, skills and expertise in many different ways, such as advice and feedback and featuring in various aspects of the interpretation.

The interpretation project involved three key elements: development of the Highfield brand and quality products that will add value to a visit, improved marketing and promotion, and a major upgrade of interpretation.

Ms Wriedt said the new interpretation is interactive and engaging, with something to interest people of all ages and backgrounds.

"One of the more innovative aspects of the interpretation upgrade is the interpretation stones: five sandstone obelisks that were designed to create a connection between the town of Stanley and nearby Highfield," she said.

"The stones are located at Highfield and at three locations around town, providing a powerful incentive for visitors to make the short trip from Stanley to Highfield.

"I am confident that this project at Highfield will add considerably to the appeal of the North-West, and that visitors, both Tasmanians and those from interstate and overseas, will encourage others to share in this unique experience."

The launch of the interpretation upgrade coincides with the 175th anniversary of the construction of the main house at Highfield.