The property is unique as its a large parcel of land among many small coastal properties in Apollo Bay, adding to the voluntary and formal covenants and reserves in the area, including the Snake Bay Conservation Area.
The forests and woodlands are mostly white peppermint, stringy bark and Tasmanian blue gum. Known nesting sites for swift parrots occur on adjacent properties and across Bruny Island and are expected to be present on this property. Similarly, threatened species such as eastern quoll, wedge-tailed eagle, white-bellied sea eagle and forty-spotted pardalote can be expected to be found on this property.
PROTECTING THE CONSERVATION VALUES
To provide permanent protection for the conservation values on the property, the TLC will have an approved covenant registered on the land title before finalising the property sale. Part of the property will be excluded from the covenant to allow for future use and development.
This property contains one an exclusion area of about 5 hectares. Within the exclusion areas future custodians may construct a building (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).
INFRASTRUCTURE AND SERVICES
The property is accessed from the council-maintained Mulcahys Road. There is one internal bush track that extends to a higher plateau. The exclusion zone is large enough to allow flexibility around potential building sites, as there is no current residency on the property. The entire perimeter of the property is fenced and powerlines run along Mulcahys Road.
Tasmanian Land Conservancy acknowledges the support provided by the Forest Conservation Fund, administered by the Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW).