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Walking trail expansion

A CONCEPT development plan for a parcel of land bordering Lauderdale and Sandford will provide outstanding community recreation and environmental benefits including an expansion of trail networks.

Local landowner Dean Richards has applied to council to have the growth boundary of the 73-hectare parcel on Richardsons Hill reviewed to allow future rezoning, half of which will be public open space.

“A lot of thought and consultation has gone into the concept plan for the site,” Mr Richards said.

“We are proposing to rezone nearly 50 per cent of the land, which contains virtually all of the existing bushland on the site, to public open space.

“The concept for the remaining parcel involves rezoning existing cleared land on the south side of the hill to residential and rural residential lots.

“Maintaining the existing bushland and habitats is really important from an environmental perspective and our models show it would also mean any future subdivision would be effectively invisible from Lauderdale.”

Council already leases a portion of the land that contains a section of the Tangara Trail which runs along the Lauderdale Saltmarsh.

The proposed public open space would enable the existing Tangara Trail to link to other coastal trails further south.

“The bushland on the site is well known to many locals and is currently being degraded from unregulated use,” Mr Richards said.

“Our proposal would allow the trails on the site to be accessible by the whole community to enjoy.

“We have also proposed a section near the top of the hill for a picnic and barbecue area so everyone can enjoy the magnificent views.”

Another environmental benefit of the proposal is the protection and future proofing of the Lauderdale Saltmarsh.

The saltmarsh is one of the largest in the Derwent estuary, containing a number of threatened species and is a key migration site for many birds.

“The proposed 35-hectares of public space includes the expected migration pathway of the saltmarsh,” Mr Richards said.

“We have received really positive support for this protection including backing from the University of Tasmania which is involved in managing the future of the saltmarsh.”

Mr Richards said there is currently an absence of vacant land in Lauderdale for people looking to build a new home.

“Our proposal will allow more people to enjoy the fantastic beachside lifestyle,” he said.

“I’ve lived in Lauderdale most of my life and believe there is no better place to raise a family.

“The land is fully serviceable with existing sewage and water so there are no real impediments to people building there in the future.

“We have a bit of a way to go before we see the concept become a reality, but we believe we have ticked the required boxes to enable a rezoning to be accommodated.

“We have had strong support from a number of Aldermen and council staff, and if we get the go ahead the development will really kick-start the local and broader economies after COVID.”