After considering landowner, neighbour and community feedback, TasNetworks has released a revised route for the Staverton to Hampshire Hills section of the North West Transmission Developments. The preferred route seeks to balance a range of objectives, including considering outcomes for landowners, local communities and businesses and the environment. Field work and surveys will further inform the route finalisation and preliminary design process. This will include a detailed Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment.
Throughout our investigations so far and from conversations with local residents, businesses and visitors, we have learned that there are some particular places and views which are important to local communities. This information has been considered as part of identifying the preferred route. Our map of the preferred route shows the places we have identified so far.
TasNetworks is continuing to seek community feedback to deepen our understanding of the landscapes and views that are important to you. Your feedback will greatly assist Inspiring Place who will be undertaking the Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment. A fact sheet with further information about the Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment process can be found here.
We invite you to share the landscape values and views that are important to you. We have posed three questions below to assist and welcome your responses. You can attach photos and write in the text boxes to tell us:
- Where are the top 3 places you’d stop at with visitors to the area to show them what you love about it and why?
- What are the views that are important to you in your daily life and why?
- What are the landscapes that are important to you in your daily life and why?
- Staverton Road, Staverton: Staverton Road runs along the top of the plateau east of River Forth with views to Mt Roland, Black Bluff, Bell Mount and over the River Forth valley.
- Cradle Mountain Road, Erriba: Cradle Mountain Road runs along the top of the plateau between the River Forth and Wilmot River to and around Bell Mount. Views to Mt Roland, Great Western Tiers, Bell Mount and Black Bluff when plantations cleared; fleeting glimpses to these features when plantations partially and fully grown.
- Bell Mount: The summit which is reached by a short walk from Cradle Mountain Road provides 360 degree views of the surrounding area including Mt Roland, Great Western Tiers, Cradle Mountain, Black Bluff, St Valentines Peak, Loongana Range and Dial Range.
- Loongana Road, Nietta South (south of Maxfields Road): The road runs along the plateau between Wilmot River and River Leven, providing access to Loongana and Leven Canyon visitor areas. Views to Black Bluff from various places along the road.
- Cruickshanks Lookout, Leven Canyon: Upper lookout of Leven Canyon Reserve with expansive views into the canyon, across the canyon to Loongana Range and upstream to Black Bluff.
- Loongana Road, Webbs Flats: Views up the River Leven Valley to Black Bluff from the road as it runs beside the River Leven through the open farmland of Webbs Flats. The Penguin to Cradle walking trail follows the road in this section.
- Taylors Flats carpark (start of Brookes Track, the Black Bluff walk): Views to Black Bluff and the ridge followed by Brookes walking track, part of the Penguin to Cradle walking trail. Broken views down the River Leven valley.
- Winter Brook Falls (top of falls): Expansive views over the River Leven valley and Leven Canyon, with northerly views extending from St Valentines Peak in the west to Mt Roland in the east.
- Black Bluff and Brookes walking track (near Paddys Lake): Expansive views over the River Leven valley and Leven Canyon, with northerly views extending from St Valentines Peak in the west to Mt Roland in the east.
- Maxfields Road, Loongana: Panoramic views east to Loongana Range when plantation coupes harvested; broken views as plantation trees mature.
- St Valentines Peak: The summit affords 360 degree views of the surrounding area, with views to Loongana Range, Mt Roland, Great Western Tiers, Black Bluff, Cradle Mountain and Surrey Hills.
- Ridgley Highway (Hampshire to Wey River): Ridgley Highway, a major tourist road to the West Coast, traverses an undulating plateau through plantations with glimpses of surrounding hills and mountains including St Valentines Peak, particularly where plantation coupes have been harvested.
To help illustrate the kind of feedback that will best inform the landscape and visual impact assessment we have included some examples from other locations.
Where are the top three places you'd stop at with visitors to the area to show them what you love about it and why?
Example: "This is my absolutely favourite place to bring visitors when they are here. The view down the valley is exquisite, such scenic values! The river gently shimmers through the landscape. Then the background is dramatic and has a sense of grandeur. When I bring visitors here, they can completely understand why I live here."
Tell us about the views that are important to you and why
Example: "This is the view from my kitchen window. I really value the detail in the rolling hills and how the sun captures light through the valley as the day goes on. The light and shadows created by the trees changes with the seasons, it’s so tranquil up here, so peaceful. This would have to be the number one view from my house, it restores me everyday.”
Which landscapes that are important to you and why
Example: "I love this landscape for what is not only above, but beneath the unassuming rolling grass plains, there is a stunning cave system, unique to this area. The scenery, the tranquillity, the cave systems and the river. We often bring the family up here for walks in summer through the alpine meadows and buttongrass plains."
Please tell us where you took the photo or provide a GPS reference point, and provide an indication of which way you are facing using a compass direction or what you were looking at, e.g., a particular feature.
Landscape is an all-encompassing term that refers to areas of the earth’s surface at various scales. It includes those landscapes that are: urban, peri-urban, rural, and natural; combining bio-physical elements with the cultural overlay of human use and values.
View is any sight, prospect or field of vision as seen from a place, and may be wide or narrow, partial or full, pleasant or unattractive, distinctive or nondescript, and may include background, mid ground and/or foreground elements or features.
A viewpoint is the the specific location of a view, typically used for assessment purposes.
Source: Guidance Note for Landscape and Visual Assessment. June 2018. Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.