A LEASE offer over Entally House that may lead to private management of the state heritage-listed property has attracted criticism.
The state government called for expressions of interest in the colonial house, stables, chapel and vineyards last week after its decision to drop the heritage home from the Parks and Wildlife Service portfolio.
Entally House has been plagued by ownership concerns for more than a decade, with the National Trust relinquishing control in 2004 to former forestry company Gunns, which built up the property until its own demise.
Heritage enthusiasts say control over a nationally significant property, that has connections to Mary Reibey who is pictured on the Australian $20 note, should remain with the public.
Launceston alderman and Franklin House committee member Robin McKendrick said funding responsibilities and management over heritage properties fell to government.
``They have to recognise that these properties are a vital part of Tasmania, and a vital part or our tourism industry,'' Mr McKendrick said.
Former National Trust state president Lionel Morrell said Entally House was just as important as other projects that received government funding, such as the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery.
``Private enterprise would be driven by necessity to get a return, and there would be significant pressure for inappropriate uses and conversions to commercial use,'' Mr Morrell said.
Meander Valley Mayor Craig Perkins said his municipality has had no prior discussions with government about the lease.