ERA Planning was engaged by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) to provide planning services associated with the implementation of the Cradle Mountain Visitor Experience Master Plan.
This master plan delivers a ‘precinct revitalisation’ at Cradle Mountain, being the northern gateway to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The master plan is aimed at presenting clear, strategic direction, directing public infrastructure investment by State and Federal Governments, as well as opportunities for private commercial involvement. The primary focus of the master plan is on:
- Cradle Mountain arrival, Visitor Centre and services;
- Transport between the Visitor Centre precinct and Dove Lake precinct; and
- The Dove Lake visitor experience.
ERA has assisted with several projects at the Cradle Mountain Gateway site.
ERA coordinated the preparation of development applications with the appointed architects – Cumulus Studios – for stage one of the Cradle Gateway Village. This work included preparation of supporting planning submissions. Approval for stage one of the Cradle Gateway Village has been received, and the new visitor centre is now built.
For stage two of the Cradle Gateway Village, ERA prepared a planning scheme amendment application in consultation with Kentish Council to replace the existing Specific Area Plan for Cradle Valley with one that aligns with the current master plan. The Tasmanian Planning Commission approved the amendment in October 2018. The Office of the Coordinator-General is working with PWS to find private investment for stage two of the gateway village.