The famous Gladstone Gaol in the state’s mid-north will temporarily close later this month while future management options for the State Heritage-listed site are considered.
The temporary closure comes as the current caretakers of the site have surrendered their licence.
General Manager Crown Lands Program with the Department for Environment and Water Piers Brissenden said Gladstone Gaol remains an important State-Heritage site providing visitors a unique example of early settlement life in the Southern Flinders Ranges.
“The gaol has long been a key tourist destination for the state’s mid-north, one the local community feel a strong connection with and have a high level of interest in the site’s future.,” Piers said.
“There are a range of different opinions across the local community regarding how the site should be managed.
“While future management options are being considered and the gaol is closed to the public, key maintenance work will be carried out, including gutter and downpipe replacement, roof repairs and replacing and painting effected facia on three key buildings.
“It’s important to stress that it is the government’s intention that the site reopens to the public.
“We just want to look at all options available to ensure this important heritage site continues to be enjoyed by locals and tourist for many years to come.
“I thank the most recent caretakers for their commitment and care for the site over the past several years and wish them well in their future endeavors.”