Visitor & Recreation Strategy

The Wellington Park Management Trust is developing a Visitor and Recreation Strategy (VRS) for the 18,250 hectare Wellington Park. The strategy will identify the visitation and recreational needs and opportunities that can be sustainably provided in the Park and provide recommendations and actions to realise these opportunities for the next 10 years.

Why?

The purpose of the Visitor and Recreation Strategy is to identify the visitation and recreational needs and opportunities that can be sustainably provided in the Park and provide recommendations and actions to realise these opportunities for the next 10 years. The Strategy is a key priority of the Wellington Park Management Plan and will inform any future reviews of that Plan.

When?

Phase 1 of the co-design process commenced in December 2019 and ran through until June 2020. The first ‘products’ of the co-design process, including a first draft of the Visitor and Recreation Strategy, were completed at the end of 2020. The  Trust is refining the draft Visitor and Recreation Strategy in consultaiton with key stakeholders in preparaton for a second round of public consultation later in 2022.

How can I get involved?

We are providing a range of opportunities for Park users and visitors to be involved in the Visitor and Recreation Strategy process. The first phase of the co-design process involving a series of workshops and surveys was completed in mid 2020.  This provided the information for an initial draft of the Visitor and Recreation Strategy.  The Trust is refining the initial draft with the assistance of a consultant in preparation for its release for the final phase of consultation. We are currently designing the final phase of the community engagement process. Please watch this space. 

A loved place…

Tourism Tasmania data suggests about one in every four people visiting Tasmania  include a trip to kunanyi / Mount Wellington, making it the second most visited attraction in Tasmania. However, when visitation and recreational use by local people is included, actual visitation to kunanyi / Mount Wellington is estimated to be at least 435,000 people annually.  Visitation to the Park as a whole, with its many entry points, is much greater.

Whilst kunanyi / Mount Wellington is the key focus of visitor attention, there is significant opportunity to disperse visitation and recreational uses across other special places within the Park. This would take pressure off the facilities at key sites such as The Springs and The Pinnacle, whilst enhancing the visitor experience by providing diverse recreational opportunities and reducing crowding.

The Trust will use the Visitor and Recreation Strategy to showcase and manage the diversity of experiences available across the Park.

What we are doing?

The Visitor and Recreation Strategy is being developed through a co-design process, which engages local residents, visitors, recreational users, tourism operators and land management agencies in collaborative and inclusive planning and design activities.

The Strategy will focus on enhancing the experiences of visitors and recreational users of the Park, whilst protecting the social, natural and cultural values for which the Park was reserved.

Phase 1 of the Visitor and Recreation Strategy development process involved a series of workshops and community and business surveys. Phase 2 will include release of a draft of the Strategy for further community engagement.

Who do we want to talk to?

It is important that we get a wide range of perspectives from people who enjoy visiting and using Wellington Park, but also those who don’t currently use the Park.

To ensure we can hear as many perspectives as possible, Phase 1 of the co-design process included a range of activities and mechanisms to gather information.

Bushwalking boots, one boot lying down

  • Online surveys and feedback forms – to gather information from a wide range of locations, backgrounds and interests.
  • On-site interviews – by a Wellington Park Management Trust staff member or volunteer to ask questions about visitorexperiences of Wellington Park.
  • Co-design workshops – for local residents, recreational users, tourism operators and other interested people (by expression of interest).
  • A ‘Focus Area Panel’ of locals and visitors interested in the Park to provide feedback at key points in the process, via online surveys (not having to meet face-to-face).

Other engagement and consultation activities, as well as feedback opportunities, will be provided during Phase 2 of the co-design process, so please watch this space.

More information?

For information about the project and the various co-design workshops and other engagement and consultation events coming up, please contact:

Axel von Krusenstierna
Manager, Wellington Park Management Trust
Office: 03 6238 2176
Email; info@wellingtonpark.org.au


Background

Visitation trends at key sites, particularly The Springs and The Pinnacle, are increasing and this is placing pressure on facilities in these locations and could lead to adverse impacts on the natural and cultural values of Park. The Visitor and Recreation Strategy will look across the whole Park for opportunities to disperse and manage visitation to provide quality recreational experiences that are compatible with sustaining Park values.

Wellington Park provides for a diverse range of experiences for visitors and locals. The Visitor and Recreation Strategy will ensure that current visitation and recreational uses are maintained and enhanced, in a manner consistent with sustaining the natural and cultural values of the Park.

At times, recreational uses within the Park are not compatible with each other. The Visitor and Recreation Strategy will identify management options, plan usage across the Park and make recommendations about new or upgraded visitor facilities to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all Park users.

Trends and fashions in recreational pursuits can come and go. The Visitor and Recreation Strategy will ensure that decisions about any new facilities and services for recreational pursuits are made on sound evidence about the long-term viability and sustainability of such investments.

Statutory background

The Wellington Park Trust was established through the Wellington Park Act 1993 to facilitate the protection, use and sustainable management of Wellington Park.

Wellington Park is reserved for the preservation or protection of natural, social (including scenic landscape), cultural and scientific values, but also for the provision of recreational and tourism uses. Importantly, the Park also includes drinking water catchments supplying the greater Hobart area.

Due to the range of land tenures and management arrangements, areas within Wellington Park are managed by different agencies. These include the Hobart City Council, Glenorchy City Council and Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service.  TasWater manages water harvesting infrastructure in the Park.  Other agencies such as Broadcast Australia and TasNetworks also manage land around their assets within the Park. A key role of the Trust is to prepare and implement an overarching management plan for the Park to ensure continuity in land and resource management. The current plan is the Wellington Park Management Plan 2013 (amended 2015).

The Wellington Park Management Plan (2013, updated 2015) defines Management Zones across the Park and the types of recreational activities that are permitted within each zone. The VRS process will review those zones and permitted uses and if appropriate will make recommendations about modifications to the Management Plan when it is next renewed.