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Heritage benefits in nature based tourism development for Tasmania's Far South

21/12/2006

The State Government has welcomed changes to the Stage Design Cockle Creek East nature-based tourism development in Tasmania's Far South, which will see an ongoing commitment to the natural and cultural heritage of the area.

Tourism, Arts and the Environment Minister, Paula Wriedt, said her Department has worked with the developer to reduce the impact of the development on the Southwest National Park and to also further protect the rich cultural heritage layers at Cockle Creek through the signing of two heritage agreements.

Ms Wriedt said the decision by the company to pursue approval for construction of the main lodge building and carpark development on private land adjoining the National Park is a positive outcome.

"This change highlights the benefits of working through these issues to achieve the best outcome for parks, heritage and tourism within Tasmania and it is a good model for future partnerships between the Government and private enterprise," she said.

Ms Wriedt said the formal heritage agreements will ensure ongoing protection and maintenance for heritage sites in the Cockle Creek area.

"In June this year the Tasmanian Heritage Council listed a three-kilometre long coastal area at Cockle Creek to protect the rich layers of cultural heritage associated with the 1793 d'Entrecasteaux visit and the subsequent whaling and timber-getting industries," said Ms Wriedt.

"I have since accepted the Heritage Council's advice that the Government enter into heritage agreements with the developer along with the owners of other private land within the listed area.

"Together the heritage listing and agreements give the maximum possible protection and management measures for the long-term benefit of this important but isolated region."

The heritage area begins close to Whale Point and extends east along the coastline to Fisher's Point.

The boundary extends from the high tide mark, 70 metres inland along the foreshore. The listed area includes part of the Southwest National Park.

The listed area protects all identified significant historic heritage sites in the Cockle Creek area. The agreements provide the detailed requirements as to how development must acknowledge, protect and maintain the area's historic heritage.


 

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