Momentum is building behind plans to enhance historic Home Hill in Devonport.
It’s believed Peter Gutwein will be the second premier to visit the home of Tasmania’s only prime minister Joseph Lyons and his wife Enid, the first woman elected to the House of Representatives.
Mr Gutwein has accepted an invitation to drop in as both sides of politics acknowledge the significance of Home Hill.
Councillor Lynn Laycock asked Mr Gutwein to visit as part of a concerted effort to get Home Hill recognised and secure funds to build an interpretation centre she said hopefully in the next two years.
Cr Laycock, who heads-up the fundraising committee, has advocated for a decade to get the centre erected.
“The Tasmanian Government is aware of the significant heritage value of Home Hill in Devonport, recognised by its entry on the Tasmanian Heritage Register and I look forward to visiting the homestead in the near future,” Mr Gutwein said.
Arts and Heritage Minister Elise Archer and Mr Gutwein said any future funding submission received for Home Hill would get considered as part of the budget development process.
The Devonport City Council has received a $25,000 federal Covid-19 stimulus grant for stage one of a major garden restoration.
Liberal MHR Gavin Pearce said he was a strong advocate of Home Hill and all that it offered, including “its unique potential to increase awareness of our political system and foster a sense of community pride within our region.” Mr Pearce said he looked forward to touring the home soon.
Braddon Labor MHA Anita Dow said the state government should consider investing in significant regional assets such as Home Hill. “As well as preserving important national heritage, a project of this nature would create local construction jobs and economic stimulus,” Mrs Dow said.
“Joe and Enid Lyons hold a significant position in Australian political history, and we are fortunate in Tasmania to have public access to their former home. While the important role of a PM is well understood, Dame Enid Lyons made her own substantial contribution to public life, in particular as a role model for women.”