'Soldiers Marsh' is an extensive area of grassland, moorland and forest about 27km north of Bothwell in Tasmania's central highlands. The three large blocks available offer plenty of space and privacy and would suit a keen conservationist or a conservation-minded deer hunter.

Lot 1
Sold
Area: 259ha (640ac)
Lot 2
Sold
Area: 463ha (1144ac)
Lot 3
Under Offer
Area: 491ha (1213ac)

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

Conservation Values

The property contains extensive areas of native grassland and moorland fringed by old growth swamp peppermint (Eucalyptus rodwayi) forest. Most areas of valley-floor grassland in Tasmania have been converted to exotic pasture or heavily modified since European settlement. As a result, relatively natural areas such as Soldiers Marsh are extremely important for conservation. Forest on the ridges of the property has been extensively logged, but is regenerating well. The property provides suitable habitat for several threatened fauna species, including Wedge-tailed Eagles and Tasmanian Devils.

Protecting the Conservation Values

To provide permanent protection for the conservation values on the property, the TLC registers Conservation Covenants against the titles of the land prior to sale. Part of each title will be excluded from the covenants to allow for use and development by future owners. Within these areas 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 blocks the covenants restrict any activities that may degrade the conservation values of the land, but still allow 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 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 the property is via a proposed Right of Way through State Forest from the end of Glovers Rd. The nearest services are approximately 27km away in Bothwell, which contains shops, a hotel and a service station.


Acknowledgements

This property was acquired as part of the New Leaf Project through the generous support of philanthropist Jan Cameron. Proceeds from the sale of this property will be used to repay the outstanding debt to Ms Cameron.