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The conservation and tourism potential of the historic Low Head Pilot Station will be further improved with a combined funding package from the Australian and Tasmanian Governments and the George Town Council.

The historic pilot station is the oldest group of pilot buildings in Australia, dating back to 1805 and the oldest pilot station operating from its original site.

Minister for Parks and Heritage, Judy Jackson said the Low Head Historic Precinct is a place of national importance and one of Tasmania's most significant cultural assets.

The funding package for the next stage - Stage 2 - of the Low Head project includes $250 000 from the Tasmanian Government through its Tourism Infrastructure Fund. This is part of a total package of $750,000 from the three tiers of government.

"The pilot station has undergone a substantial upgrade and refurbishment during the past three years with an Australian and Tasmanian governments' funding package totalling $2 million for Stage 1 works," she said.

"The combined funding of $500 000 for Stage 2 from the Australian and Tasmanian Governments will be used to upgrade and refurbish three more units of accommodation, bringing the total accommodation to seven units.

"George Town Council's contribution of $250 000 will provide for necessary upgrades of the sewage infrastructure."

Ms Jackson said these funds will help to ensure the continued protection of this cultural resource for Tasmania and to further develop Low Head Pilot Station's tourism potential.

Stage 1 of the program provided for the integration of the shipwright's workshop with the broader historic site. A shipwright building has been completed and is now used for commercial and educational activities.

The program also involved development of a master plan for the site and a site manager with experience in maritime heritage tourism has been appointed. An interpretation plan for the museum in Pilots Row has been implemented, providing new experiential displays to better engage customers.

In addition, four units of accommodation were refurbished and revenues have increased dramatically as a result.

This initiative is part of the State Government's commitment to progressing Tasmania Together Goal 21 - Value, protect and conserve our natural and cultural heritage.