New visitor experience at Cascades Female Factory

VISITORS to South Hobart’s iconic Cascades Female Factory are set to have an even better experience with the construction of a new History and Interpretation Centre thanks to a $5 million investment from the State and Federal Liberal Governments.

The award-winning tourist destination, which is also one of the 11 sites on the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Listing, has had its non-heritage structures removed and construction of the new visitor centre is about to begin.

It is set to be completed at the end of this year.

The project will enable enhanced telling of the female convict story and will ensure that the site can meet the needs of increasing visitor numbers for the next 15 to 20 years.

The new $5 million History and Interpretation Centre will feature a museum and interpretation gallery, research room, gift shop, and a welcome and ticketing area.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Eric Abetz said the enhanced visitor experience would be a massive boon for tourism and local jobs, and would help preserve Tasmania’s rich heritage once complete.

“It’s exciting to see firsthand the progress made on the new visitor facilities at Cascades Female Factory,” he said.

“This combined effort from the State and Federal Liberal Governments to fund the new visitor experience will preserve and enhance our heritage, contribute to tourism in Tasmania and support local jobs.

“It’s within Tasmania’s best interests to financially support and showcase its heritage and tourism potential to the rest of Australia and we are doing just that.”

For more information on the centre, visit https://femalefactory.org.au/event/history-and-interpretation-centre/.

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