Mt Arthur overlooks the township of Lilydale on the edge of the north-east wine region. The tall wet eucalypt forest on the property features an endangered forest community and permanent creeks that are home to endangered crayfish. Each property offers an attractive, north-facing home site and views all within 28km of Launceston.

Lot 1
Under Contract
Area: 20ha (49ac)
Lots 2 & 6
Under Contract
Area: 68ha (168ac)
Lots 5 & 8
$95 000
Area: 40ha (99ac)

Contact: Janine Waldron
Ph: 03 6331 9295
Mob: 0409 429 660
jwaldron@tasland.org.au

Conservation Values

The property supports a sizeable area of wet white gum (Eucalyptus viminalis) forest, a community listed as endangered under the Tasmanian Nature Conservation Act 2002. The remainder of the forest is either dominated by brown-topped stringybark (E. obliqua) or swamp gum (E. regnans). Permanent streams in the area provide habitat for the Mt Arthur burrowing crayfish, an endemic species found only on the slopes of Mt Arthur, and the Giant Freshwater crayfish, also a Tasmanian endemic. Both species are listed as vulnerable under Tasmanian and Commonwealth legislation. The burrowing crayfish also occurrs in wet areas away from streams, for example in roadside drains.

Protecting the Conservation Values

To provide permanent protection for the conservation values on the properties, the TLC registers a Conservation Covenant against the titles of the land prior to sale. One to two hectares of each property will be excluded from the covenant to allow for future use and development. Within this area future owners may clear vegetation, construct a home and undertake all the usual activities associated with residential use (subject to Council approval where required). Elsewhere on the property the covenant restricts any activities that may degrade the conservation values of the land, but still allows for essential management activities (such as construction and maintenance of boundary fences) and for appropriate recreational activities (eg walking and walking tracks).

A management plan will be developed with the new owners, ensuring that they are able to manage any threats to the conservation values into the future. The TLC is also able to offer ongoing advice and assistance to the new owners in managing the natural values of the land.

Infrastructure and Services

  • Legal access to all three properties is via a right of way from Whites Mill Rd. A gravel road has been constructed on the right of way.

  • Town water and mains electricity are not available. Water from creeks may be available to subsidise rainwater tanks. Home sites face north and sites are elevated so there is good potential for both solar and wind power.

  • The properties are 28km from Launceston, mainly via sealed main roads. Lilydale, the nearest town, is 6km away and has a range of shops and a primary school.

Acknowledgements

This property was purchased under the TLC Revolving Fund. Funding for the purchase was provided by the Australian Government through the Forest Conservation Fund (a programme arising out of the Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement). Proceeds from the sale of this property will be returned to the Revolving Fund.