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Photo: Rob Burnett

ERA was engaged by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) to provide planning services associated with implementing 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 the Tasmanian and Australian governments, as well as opportunities for private commercial involvement.

ERA has assisted with several projects at the Cradle Mountain Gateway site. ERA coordinated the preparation of the planning permit application with the appointed architects – Cumulus Studio – for stage one of the Cradle Gateway Village. This work included preparation of supporting planning submissions and minor amendment applications.

The Visitor Centre offers a warm alpine welcome to reflect both the sense of rugged-up anticipation on arrival and the distinctive Cradle Mountain geology. The sculptural, wilderness-inspired development includes an orientation building, commercial services base, shuttle bus shelter and coach transit centre. At every turn, Cumulus Studio aimed to honour the significance and sensitivity of this world-renowned national park.

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.

The project won the following awards:

2021 Tasmanian Architecture Awards

  • Dirk Bolt Award for Urban Design
  • The Alan C Walker Award for Public Architecture
  • COLORBOND Award for Steel Architecture

2021 Architizer A+ Awards

  • Finalist in Cultural & Expo Centres
  • Finalist in Transportation Infrastructure

2021 Tasmanian Landscape Architecture Awards

  • Tourism Award

We acknowledge and respect Tasmanian Aboriginal people as the Traditional Owners of Lutruwita (Tasmania).

They are the original custodians of our land and waters. We respect their unique ability to care for country and deep spiritual connection to it.

We honour Elders past, present and emerging whose knowledge and wisdom has and will ensure the continuation of culture and traditional practices.