Eaglehawk Neck Action Community Taskforce (ENACT)
Newsletter to supporters – January 2016
IMPORTANT: We are looking for your help to kick off our Eaglehawk Neck Coastal Trail project – want to be involved? Please read on!!.
The Eaglehawk Neck Coastal Trail will become the focal point for ENACT for 2016 and beyond.
ENACT considers it feasible and “doable”; with solid local support and backing. All stakeholders and land owners support the plan in principle.
The project aims to connect the Tessellated Pavement car park through to The Blowhole, hence up to Tasman Arch and the walking tracks that connect with Waterfall Bay, Fortescue Bay and the Three Capes Track. Interpretive points will be included to highlight heritage, geographic and environmental features.
The EHN Coastal walkway will also provide a safe pathway for locals and visitors, thus avoiding the necessity to walk adjacent to the very dangerous Arthur Highway across the “Neck” and the busy and narrow Blowhole Road.
Due to the number of stakeholders and land-owners and different challenges presented along the route it is proposed that the trail be completed as a staged development – not necessarily in number order. (see attached draft staged project).
A great deal of preliminary work has been done and a concept plan developed. Quotes have been obtained from professional organizations to prepare a detailed route assessment, track options, environment and heritage assessments, detailed costings, construction standards and staged work program recommendations – taking the project to “shovel ready” status.
All stakeholders/land owners support the plan in principle but further consultations will be required and permits gained.
Our quotations indicate that about $15,000 is needed for preparation of a detailed ‘shovel ready’ plan for the project. This plan would be used to support grant applications for public and private funding for each stage.
BUT FIRST – $7,500 needs to be raised as the grant we have been advised by Destination Southern Tasmania (DST) as best suited and most likely of success, the Tasmanian Tourism Infrastructure Driver Program, requires a dollar for dollar contribution.
ENACT has approached Tasman Council and several other community groups but none have a spare $7,500 to give at this early stage; despite showing enthusiasm for the project. “Happy to help once you get started.”
SO – we are coming to you, our supporters and all those who believe that a Coastal Trail from Tessellated Pavement to Tasman Arch through our beautiful coastal reserve is a much needed and desirable project for Eaglehawk Neck.
What will it cost you??
No more than you would like to contribute – if we can find 75 people willing to contribute $100 to the project we have our $7,500. – Simple as that.Some may find $100 a bit hard to find – not an issue, just contribute what you can afford.Others may care to give more than $100 – that’s great too!!
We have already started – our ENACT committee members have such belief in the project that they have each committed at least $100 to the project – that’s over 10% already – so let’s get together and contribute the rest.
You want to be involved?
Great – just bank your contribution to Bendigo Bank, BSB 633000, Account No. 127513331, Account Name: Eaglehawk Neck Community & Hall association Inc. (EHNC&HA)Use the Reference: ‘TRAIL (your name)’
All money contributed will go into the bank account of the
EAGLEHAWK NECK COMMUNITY & HALL ASSOCIATION INC.
(ENACT is a sub-committee of EHN C&H A)
Their accounts are audited annually so your contributions are traceable and safe.
If you don’t do internet banking please send a cheque, payable to EHN C&H A, to: ENACT Secretary: Jan Field, 16 Osprey Drive, Eaglehawk Neck, 7179.
Thank you for any assistance you are able to give. Receipts issued on request.
If you know someone who may like to contribute – please pass this on!!
If you would like to get more involved – please contact any committee member.
Chair – ENACT
1st February 2016
The Eaglehawk Neck Coastal Trail – a staged development
- Tourism and Heritage Section – would begin at the Tessellated Pavement car park, follow the foreshore reserve to the Historic Site, through to the Dog Line and then through the sand dunes to the new whale-watchers platform (surfers car park)
- 2. Coastal Reserve Section – from the whale-watching platform through the coastal reserve to the ‘Clemes’ property northern boundary. There is evidence of previous walkways or service routes through this section, crossed by some informal but well-worn tracks from Blowhole Road to the beach. An opportunity to formalise the walkways and minimise damage to the environment through the picturesque coastal reserve; and safely traverse parallel to Blowhole Road
- Clemes’ section – a private landholding (Lot 0410) between Blowhole Road and high water mark (HWM) on the beach. Route could follow the HWM or on a walkway adjacent to Blowhole Road
- Penguin section – from the southern boundary of ‘Clemes’ property to Doo Town boundary. The most complex section, allowing for high value outcomes for both Little Penguin safety and tourism values through this area. Trail will facilitate better control of human impact and beach access, and would incorporate a secure viewing platform.
5 – Doo Town to Blow Hole section – Three alternatives for this route – a walkway adjacent to Blowhole Road to provide safe transit, a walkway above high water mark or the beach itself. A door-knock survey conducted by ENACT in April 2014 found great support in-principal from the many owners surveyed, but more consultation is needed.
6 -Blow Hole to Tasman Arch – existing rough PWS fire track is logical route.
ENACT Newsletter: January 2016
Committee – Arthur Orchard (chair), Jan Field (sec), Peter Lane, Peter Derkley, Ruth Moon, Greg Jones, Sallie Creese, Roger Self. (Un-changed from last newsletter). The committee continues to meet monthly on the 3rd Thursday at Lufra at 5pm – interested community members welcome. Two new members imminent.
The committee continues to have good relationships with Tasman Council and local councilors, local Parks & Wildlife Service (PWS) personnel, Destination Southern Tasmania (DST), state and federal Members of Parliament, the Eaglehawk Neck Community & Hall Association (EHN C&H A), the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA), the Port Arthur and Tasman Tourism Association (PATTA), Lend Lease (Springboard), local businesses and other stakeholder groups. We also very much appreciate the ongoing support and contributions of the wider community.
It’s now three years since the community meeting at the EHN Hall from which ENACT was formed. Our stated aim was: “To make EHN a better place to live and visit.”
Have we succeeded to date?
We have achieved a great deal – albeit a slow slog at times. There is still so much to do but we should be proud of what we have achieved.
Our most notable achievement is that we are now firmly on the radar of the above organisations, have good relationships, are being listened to and (gradually) getting results.
Our first project, although seemingly trivial, was significant in that it brought the community together and dramatically improved fire safety around the Eaglehawk Neck Hall. People power was to the forefront as over 20 local volunteers worked alongside our local PWS people to clear a 40 metre fire break around the hall.
The area cleared, the statutory fire protection zone, also added much needed space for the monthly markets and the Gala Fair; improving the scope for greater financial returns from these important hall activities.
It also made the installation of a flushing toilet system so much simpler and cheaper once permits and funding was obtained by the EHN C&HA committee.
We have our website at http://www.eaglehawkneck.org – attracting more visitors all the time. Over 16,500 views so far – 2,489 in 2013, 4,641 in 2014 and 8,104 in 2015; with just under 1,000 per month over recent times. If you have not had a look, please do so and pick up your free EHN promotional bumper sticker from our ENACT stand at the EHN Gala Fair (deferred to 26/3/16).
It’s for the locals too – check out the “What’s On In EHN Now” page and please send me any details of local news and events for the Blog page (firstname.lastname@example.org). The more often we all go to the site, the easier we are to find with Google search.
Our “Welcome to Eaglehawk Neck – Gateway to the Tasman Peninsula.” sign is prominent at the top of the hill – seen by the hundreds of thousands of tourists and locals every year. Many visitors now stop and linger longer at EHN.
We have ANZAC Conmemorative picnic tables – two at the Eaglehawk Neck Drive lookout and two at the Tessellated Pavement car park to date – each made from unique timber from Port Arthur and with a bronze plaque telling their story. Concrete slabs are in place for two more at the surfers’ car park and two more will be placed within the historic site between the Officers’ Quarters and the ocean over the next few months.
The tables in place are getting very well used by visitors and locals alike and the four tables still to be installed will cause many more visitors to stop and linger longer.
The gradual restoration work of the gardens at the Officers’ Quarters is ongoing, a project instigated by ENACT through months of lobbying and now continued by volunteers under guidance from PAHSMA. PWS also found some funding for necessary repairs to the building after persistent lobbying by ENACT. Hopefully this community activity will encourage a few more visitors to stop and linger longer.
The huge pine trees that once spoiled the natural sand-dune landscape across the EHN isthmus have now been cut down; revealing the “Neck” much as it would have looked one hundred and fifty years ago. This improves the landscape for tourists and locals alike.
ENACT has actively promoted the transfer of the EHN Historic Site to PAHSMA, with appropriate funding to conserve, restore where appropriate and manage into the future, as a vital part of the historic precinct on Tasman Peninsula. If it happens, this would encourage a lot more visitors.
(The Legislative Council Enquiry into Tasmanian Built Heritage is due to publish their report soon and we are hopeful of their support of the transfer proposal.)
The Surfers’ Carpark/Gravel Pits area is undergoing a major redevelopment; in part, we are sure, due to persistent lobbying from ENACT in this regard. Initial plans were escalated when extra funding became available to Tasman Council to incorporate a whale watching platform into the redevelopment.
We understand that the car park will now be enlarged a little and sealed, flush toilets will be constructed and our two picnic tables will be included in the landscaping. More people will stop, and linger longer – a boon for visitors and locals alike.
We have had discussions with Hon. Rene Hidding, Minister for Infrastructure, about improving safety on the Arthur Highway around the Historic Site and he has advised that the Department of State Growth is to look at options in this regard.
Minister Hidding did commit to placing larger “70” speed limit signs at the approaches to EHN on the Arthur Highway as an interim measure, in response to requests from ENACT on behalf of a community member.
The Tasman National Park Pirates Bay Visitor Service Zone Site Plan 2007 is scheduled for a 10 year review in 2017. The Department of State Growth (includes PWS) has assured ENACT that the review will take place, with comprehensive community consultation. ENACT has recently written to confirm that funding for the review will be included in the PWS budget for 2016/17.
The full Site Plan 2007 is at http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/file.aspx?id=