Maintenance works at two of Tasmania’s most distinctive heritage landmarks, The Shot Tower and Richmond Gaol Historic Site, have been completed to future-proof the historic sites so they can be explored for generations to come.

The works, worth $150,000 each, were funded through the Tasmanian Government Public Building Maintenance economic stimulus package and have been completed ahead of the busy summer season.

Minister for Environment and Parks Roger Jaensch said the works at both sites had been sensitively undertaken to ensure the sites could be preserved and to protect the historic buildings from weather and deterioration.

“The roof was replaced at the Shot Tower with additional work undertaken on the pedestrian entry bridge, with external heritage features such as windows and fascia boards also repainted,” Minister Jaensch said.

“The roof was also replaced at Richmond Gaol with additional maintenance carried out on the buildings.

“The replacement roofing at Richmond Gaol will protect the convict-built sandstone block buildings, which were constructed between 1825 and 1840, and provide better amenity for visitors to the historic gaol.”

Minister for Heritage Elise Archer said the upgrades will ensure that the Richmond Gaol buildings remain available to the public to interpret the rich history of the Tasmanian heritage colonial era.

“The Tasmanian Government continues to invest in our world class heritage sites to ensure they can be enjoyed by future generations,” Minister Archer said

“Preservation of Tasmania’s past was also achieved through the works at The Shot Tower, constructed in the 1800s.

“The Shot Tower, the first built in Australia, demonstrates a high degree of technical skill and achievement, both as a structure in its own right and as a structure specifically created for the craft of shot making.

“The building has endured for 150 years and with these important maintenance upgrades, it will continue to provide a link to Tasmania’s past.”

Elise Archer, Minister for Heritage