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.

The core project for the improved visitor experience at Dove Lake is the construction of a new viewing shelter to replace the current car park and provide for updated visitor facilities and walker registration.

ERA, working with the appointed architects, Cumulus Studio, and technical subconsultants including EcoTas and Inspiring Place, facilitated the necessary Commonwealth, State and local approvals.

The Dove Lake Shelter requires approval through the Reserve Activity Assessment (RAA) process, which ERA has also undertaken on behalf of PWS, along with the referral to the Commonwealth Government under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 2002. This work involved the preparation of a Development Proposal and Environmental Impact Statement (DPEIS) to inform the Parks assessment process. The DPEIS outlined the proposal, the existing site values, the potential for environmental impact, mitigation measures and monitoring requirements.

ERA also prepared and submitted the planning permit application to Kentish Council, which was granted in early 2019. Tenders for the construction of the shelter have been awarded by PWS and construction will start in 2020.

(Photo credit: Cumulus Studio)