Strahan Waterfront Precinct Plan
Strahan Waterfront Precinct Plan

The Strahan port is an integral part of the local community and the West Coast. Socially, it provides a sense of place for the residents of Strahan and is a critical element in the town’s historic fabric. Economically, it is through employment opportunities and the enhancement of the tourist experience, and aesthetically, by creating a picturesque backdrop to the town.

West Coast Council, TasPorts and the Department of State Growth are the principal land managers of the Strahan Waterfront. They were prompted by the relocation of the Tassal and Huon Aquaculture fish farm operations to Smiths Cove, together with TasPorts’ Community Assets Program and the condition of the waterfront area, to engage ERA and Playstreet to facilitate the development of a precinct plan for the waterfront.

The plan developed a vision for the Strahan Waterfront Precinct that ensures its long-term economic, social and environmental sustainability. ERA followed a methodology that included stakeholder consultation with waterfront businesses and users, including the commercial fishermen, asset owners, community groups and key stakeholders, such as the fish farm operators, tourism operators and community representatives.

The resultant precinct plan includes strategies, action to achieve those strategies, and low, medium and high priorities for each action. The strategies centre around the following considerations:

  • The placement of equipment and infrastructure in the precinct.
  • The identification of commercial opportunities.
  • Land use options and opportunities.
  • Identification of areas for public space and improvements to visual amenity.
  • Community and stakeholders’ needs and desires.
  • TasPorts’ planned maintenance activities.
  • Maintenance of adequate, safe separation of working port and tourism activities.

(Image supplied by Playstreet)