'Shiny Grasstrees' is 40ha of open woodland and forest at Clarence Point on the western shore of the Tamar River, about 55km north of Launceston and 8km north of Beaconsfield. The property is home to an endangered forest community and an endangered species of grasstree. An approved house site is available for building, subject to Council approval.

$149 000
Area: 41.38ha (102ac)

Contact: Leigh Walters
Ph: 03 6331 9295
Mob: 0407 891 025
lwalters@tasland.org.au

Conservation Values

The property contains an area of black gum (Eucalyptus ovata) woodland with a ground cover of buttongrass. This is an Endangered forest community under the Tasmanian Nature Conservation Act 2002, with over 90% of its original cover in the Tamar Valley having been cleared since European settlement. Coastal black peppermint (Eucalyptus amygdalina) forest covers the balance of the property.

A large population of Shiny Grass Trees are a special feature of this property. They are a Tasmanian endemic and are listed as endangered under Commonwealth legislation and vulnerable under Tasmanian legislation. The purchaser of this property will be able to make a major contribution to the conservation of this species.

Protecting the Conservation Values

To provide permanent protection for the natural values of the property, TLC has registered a Conservation Covenant against the title to the land. The covenant includes a ‘Domestic Zone’ of about 1ha in which an area has been cleared where the new owners can construct a house and undertake the normal activities associated with residential use (subject to council approval where required).

Elsewhere on the property, the covenant allows for recreational activities and essential property management, for example maintaining fences and firebreaks, but restricts activities that may degrade the natural values.

Infrastructure and Services

The property has road frontage to Greens Beach Rd and Badger Head Rd, with access from Badger Head Rd. The following services and infrastructure are available:

  • An approved building site is provided for in the covenant.

  • An area cleared for a house/building site

  • All boundaries are fenced.

  • Mains power is available along Greens Beach Rd.

  • A telecommunications cable also runs along Greens Beach Rd.

  • There are firebreaks along most boundaries and internal tracks that may be maintained.

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.