DRAFT Plan development
Public feedback period
Review of feedback
Adoption of revised plan
Detailed planning and approvals
Year 1 actions
The Fossil Bluff and Surrounding Trails Master Plan has been developed with the intent of providing a roadmap for the future development and management of Fossil Bluff Reserve and its surrounding trails. The Reserve is and will continue to be an environmentally and geologically significant feature for Wynyard, growing its natural beauty and offering unique experiences for locals and visitors.
The Master Plan intends preserving Fossil Bluff Reserve and the surrounding area’s natural values, embracing its history and use as a publicly accessible recreation space. The aim is to inspire public interest in conservation and local history through education, encourage tourism and provide improved recreational facilities.
The plan actions address key opportunities and challenges experienced within the reserve in addition to community concerns for land management, pedestrian walkways and road safety. The primary activities that Council intend on delivering from now and into in the coming year include:
1.1 Development of a rolling 12-month planting weed management and maintenance schedule.
2.5 Investigate requirement for added traffic management to mitigate speeding / hooning issues in the area including a review of directional signage for size.
Year 1 Actions (22/23):
1.2 Facilitate ongoing collaborations between Wynyard Landcare and a palawa working group in relation to revegetation
1.3 Establish a strategy to deal with acts of vandalism against active revegetation efforts in the Fossil Bluff area
1.4 Consult with Parks and Wildlife Service about expanding Council’s lease within Fossil Bluff Reserve to include the Western linking trail from the lookout to Golf Links Road
2.1 Undertake detailed planning and review on Council’s assets in the Fossil Bluff and Surrounds area to ensure they meet current safety standards
2.2 Review gaps in the urban footpath network as part of the Footpath Service Level Review
3.1 Develop an engaging marketing plan to continually promote Fossil Bluff Reserve and surrounding trails.
3.2 Collaborate with the Public Art Advisory Group (PAAG) to develop a plan of artistic interpretations to highlight; the history, geology, cultural heritage, flora and fauna of the area.
3.3 Work with the palawa liaison and community working group to ensure cultural consideration is included within all elements of interpretive signage.
Waratah-Wynyard Council wishes to thank all community members for their contributions to the development of the master plan.
The Plan will set a clear vision for the future beautification and management of the area. It provides Council with a set of guidelines that addresses any safety concerns and community expectations around how the reserve is intended to be used and what infrastructure might support this. Future improvements to the area can then be planned based on the Master Plan.
Whilst the master plan provides a unified future vision for the area and demonstrates a commitment to fulfilling the projects listed in the document, it is not a commitment to funds or to undertake immediate works.
When receiving feedback, Council considers the type and nature of the request, how it fits in context with the feedback received from others, safety and risk, technical feasibility and the greater benefit/impact to the broader community. Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to accommodate every concern, request or idea.
Community feedback helped to further define the wants and needs for a public amenity near Fossil Bluff. We heard that you liked the idea, but it needed to be placed in a better location. The new location, identified by community members near the base of the walk to Fossil Bluff lookout, will be investigated. During the investigation we will review the feasibility of building on the proposed site and pending the outcome, Council may go back to the community for further consultation.
Most of the community preferred not to make changes to the way Golf Links Road works. Council understand this and have placed any changes to the road on hold until the results of an erosion investigation can be completed. Once complete, Council will come back to the community with those results and what, if anything, comes next.
Over the next year Council will be undertaking detailed planning and review of assets and reviewing gaps in the urban footpath network in the Fossil Bluff area. This means that urgent repairs, maintenance and new or upgrading of paths will be prioritised, planned and scheduled. Additionally, the walkway between number 6 and 8 Inglisdale Drive will be formalised, upgrading it from grassed to an appropriate standard.