Franklin Maritime Heritage Centre

An elected Labor Government will invest $450,000 to establish a Maritime Heritage Centre at Franklin, a key step towards realising the community’s vision for a working maritime precinct.

The centre will enhance Franklin’s cultural tourism potential, showcase Tasmania’s valuable special timber industry and tell the story of the region’s rich boat building history.

Franklin already attracts dedicated builders and boat-lovers from around the world and the interpretive centre will further enhance Franklin’s national and international reputation for boat building excellence.

Our committment includes initial funding for the completion of a detailed business plan to ensure the long-term viability of the centre

Once established the heritage centre will display the community’s plans for an expanded maritime precinct and will be used to help attract private sector investment.

Labor is committed to supporting our regional towns by creating new employment opportunities and diversifying local economies. Labor’s commitment to this project reflects our ongoing dedication to Tasmania’s world class tourism industry.

Franklin’s Working Waterfront

The Franklin community has a vision for a working maritime heritage precinct.  The precinct will be based around central foreshore buildings including the Maritime Heritage Centre.

The centre will incorporate the former Brooke Street Pier roof which is currently sitting unused in Franklin.  The centre will facilitate interpretive tours of the expanding precinct including the Wooden Boat Centre and the Cartela restoration project.

Labor will work with the government, the community, local council and private investors to develop the Franklin Heritage precinct into the future. This is a project driven by the community for the community.

Ultimately the people of Franklin aim to have a working waterfront capable of berthing and restoring ‘Tall Ships’ and featuring a community harbour, foreshore trail and expanded wooden boat school.

The Cartela

Labor will work with the Steamship Cartela Restoration Trust to help attract the support required to restore the Cartela, an icon of Hobart and Tasmania’s waterfront history.

Labor’s commitment will enable the restoration and display of the Cartela Steam Engine as a ‘working’ exhibit within the centre.

This project will employ boat builders, metal fabricators, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, painters and welders and provide an apprentice training program for the Huon region. 

Investing In Our Regional Communities

Franklin has been impacted by the restructure of the forest industry and in 2014-15 Liberal government cut 59 jobs within Forestry Tasmania including workers in the Huon Valley.

This project will offer new career paths and training opportunities for timber workers as well as wooden boat builders, craftspeople and tourism operators.

In order to help get Franklin moving again and provide the best possible outcome for the community, Labor is committed to working with the Tasmanian government to achieve bipartisan support for this development.

Supporting Our Special Timbers Industry

Labor knows that Tasmania’s special timbers industry is an iconic contributor to our economy and a celebrated part of Tasmania’s culture and heritage.

Our support of the Franklin Maritime Heritage Centre continues to build on Labor’s commitment to help Tasmania’s special timbers industry grow into the future.

Labor continues to champion the value of our special timber resources. We understand the importance of finding a balance between careful management and the promotion of this unique natural asset in a way that ensures it is conserved for future generations.