Input welcome on Cockle Creek Site Plan
The Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking public input into the development of a new site plan for Cockle Creek and Recherche Bay.
Minister for the Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts, Michelle O'Byrne, said the PWS recognises that many Tasmanians have strong connections with the area.
"Cockle Creek and Recherche Bay hold a special place in the hearts of many locals, both for the area's superb scenic and natural values and for its significant Aboriginal and historic heritage," Ms O'Byrne said.
"It has a long history of use for relaxed camping, fishing and other recreational activities.
"Over the last several years the area has received increased publicity and visitation.
"Factors such as increasing visitor numbers, changing visitor expectations, the proposed resort at Cockle Creek East, and increased understanding of historic values, will all affect the qualities and experiences for which the area is valued.
"Cockle Creek and Recherche Bay is adjacent to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and is therefore an important gateway to the World Heritage Area."
Ms O'Byrne said a site plan for the area would help guide how the PWS cares for and manages the area.
"The first step to this is asking people for their ideas for the area, and the PWS is inviting feedback from people on their thoughts about how the area should be managed."
People with an interest are encouraged to download a survey form here, or by collecting a printed copy of the Site Plan Introduction for the Cockle Creek and Recherche Bay Visitor Services Site from PWS offices in Huonville, Hastings Caves or Cockle Creek and sending to the reply paid address. The closing date for comments is April 14.
The PWS site planner, Russell Warman, is available on 6233 3848 to discuss the issue.