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Safety alert: Lockdown advice for national parks and reserves in southern Tasmania
Applies from 15/10/2021

​​In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe, all visitor centres and public facilities in national parks and reserves will be closed within the southern municipalities announced by the Tasmanian Government from 6pm, Friday 15 October until 6pm, Monday 18 October. 

Parks and reserves will remain open during the period of the lockdown for exercise purposes only. 

Visitors should ensure they follow COVID-19 safe practices including maintaining physical distancing while using parks and reserves to exercise. 

The PWS will contact any visitors who have booked to begin overnight walks during this time, including those walkers on the Three Capes Track Experience.

For information visit the Coronavirus website​

Last reviewed 15/10/2021 04:49 PM


Ida Bay State Reserve
Ida Bay State reserve (photograph: Unknown)

Ida Bay State Reserve Destination Public Artwork and Visitor Centre

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Safety alert: Lockdown advice for national parks and reserves in southern Tasmania
Applies from 15/10/2021

​​In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe, all visitor centres and public facilities in national parks and reserves will be closed within the southern municipalities announced by the Tasmanian Government from 6pm, Friday 15 October until 6pm, Monday 18 October. 

Parks and reserves will remain open during the period of the lockdown for exercise purposes only. 

Visitors should ensure they follow COVID-19 safe practices including maintaining physical distancing while using parks and reserves to exercise. 

The PWS will contact any visitors who have booked to begin overnight walks during this time, including those walkers on the Three Capes Track Experience.

For information visit the Coronavirus website​

Last reviewed 15/10/2021 04:49 PM


​The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) invites public submissions on this proposed development within the Ida Bay Stat​e Reserve.  The proponent, Darklabs, is proposing the installation of an international standard artwork called “Transformer” in the Ida Bay State Reserve.

The purpose of the public artwork installation is to: 

  • Deliver and maintain an artwork of exceptional quality and of international significance,
  • Attract an estimated 30,000 people a year to the district, 
  • Be a symbol of regeneration in the aftermath of the devasting fires of 2019 and the COVID-19 economic shutdown in 2020,
  • Provide additional opportunities to showcase the natural and cultural heritage values in the Ida Bay State Reserve and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA).

The proposed works ​include:

  • Installation of the Transformer Artwork led by the international acclaimed artist Doug Aitken,
  • Construction of a visitor welcome centre including café, toilets, ticket sales area, and interpretation of railway heritage items,
  • Exclusive use of the adjacent dwelling known as the quarry managers residence for residential purposes,
  • Installation of a 450 metre walking track to the location of the artwork and linking the visitor zones,
  • Creation of a new carparking facilities with space for 33 cars, 2 all ability car spaces, 2 motorcycles, 2 recreational vehicles, bus set down areas and 2 longer term bus parking spaces.

Darklabs is engaged with the Ida Bay Railway Preservation Society (IBRPS) to ensure that the goals of both organisations can be achieved, and that development would not impede the potential for recommencement of a tourist railway on the site.  

The Ida Bay Railway is recognised at a state level for its cultural heritage significance and a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) has been drafted by the proponent as part of this draft EIS.  The CMP provides a comprehensive history of the Ida Bay site and provides heritage guidance and recommends the standards for how this proposal can proceed whilst maintaining the preservation of historic European heritage of the site.

The draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was prepared in accordance with PWS advice and in accordance with the statutory requirements of the Southport Lagoon Conservation Area, George III Monument Historic Site and Ida Bay State Reserve Management Plan 2006. ​

  

Project Stages




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Stage 1 - Draft Environmental I​mpact Statement (EIS) and su​pporting information accepted as suitable for public consultation.

​Stage 2 - Public consultation process advertised in three regional papers. Draft EIS and supporting information available on the ‘Have your say’ page of PWS website.​

Stage 3 - The period for making public submissions closed. Final EIS and Submission Report is prepared by proponent, addressing comments received during the public consultation process.


Stage 4 - Assessment of the final EIS is completed.  PWS prepares an Environmental Assessment Report (EAR) including the submissions report and public submissions.


Stage 5 - Final EIS, EAR, statement of reasons and public submissions are published on ​PWS website.

​Key Dates

Public Consultation period begins 

  • Saturday,  5 June 2021

​​Close of comment period

  • Sunday, 4 July 2021

​Final EIS assessment completed

  • To be announced

EIS, EAR, statement of reasons and public submissions published

  • To be announced


​Reference documents

  Ida_Bay_Destination_Public_Artwork_and_Visitor_Centre_Draft_EIS   (2Mb)​

  Appendix_A_Title_Information   (92Kb)

  Appendix_B_Transformer_Ida_Bay_Business_Plan   (14Mb)

  Appendix_C_a_Site_Analysis_Plan   (454Kb)

  Appendix_C_b_Transformer_Site_Plan   (1Mb)

  Appendix_D_Design_Strategy_Report   (6Mb)

  Appendix_E_Visitor_Risk_Assessment_and_Control_Plan   (148Kb)

  Appendix_F_Transformer_Operations_Plan   (3Mb)

  Appendix_G_Proposal_Plans_Visitor_Centre_and_Art_Installation   (10Mb)

  Appendix_H_Site_Survey_and_Site_Plan   (3Mb)

  Appendix_I_Landscape_Plan   (7Mb)

  Appendix_J_Ida_Bay Railway_Conservation_Management_Plan_(Darklab)   (13Mb)

  Appendix_K_Car_Parking_Vehicle_Sweep_Paths_and_Drainage_Layout   (9Mb)

  Appendix_L_Traffic_Impact_Assessment   (10Mb)

  Appendix_M_Onsite_Wastewater_Management_System_Report   (486Kb)

  Appendix_N_Drainage_Plans   (7Mb)

  Appendix_O_Aboriginal_Heritage_Tasmania_Assessment   (295Kb)

  Appendix_P_Heritage_Impact_Assessment   (9Mb)

  Appendix_Q_Draft_Construction_Environmental_Management_Plan   (430Kb)

  Appendix_R_Natural_Values_Assessment   (5Mb)

  Appendix_S_Soil_and_Water_Management_Plan   (4Mb)

  Appendix_T_Social_Impact_Assessment_and_Community_Profile_Report   (764Kb)

  Appendix_U_Visual_Impact_Assessment   (1Mb)

  Appendix_V_Stakeholder_Engagement_and_Management_Plan   (3Mb)

  Appendix_W_Geotechnical_Assessment   (377Kb)

  Appendix_X_Draft_Emergency_Management_Plan   (2Mb)

  Appendix_Y_Bushfire_Emergency_Plan   (211Kb)

  Appendix_Z_Tree_Risk_Assessment   (1Mb)


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