Tourism project op­posed

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - AMINA MCCAULEY

RES­I­DENTS of the North­East town of Fal­mouth are ob­ject­ing to a pro­posed tourist ac­com­mo­da­tion project, say­ing it could di­min­ish the coastal set­tle­ment’s pris­tine char­ac­ter and en­vi­ron­ment.

The Break O’Day Coun­cil will con­sider the pri­vate op­er­a­tor’s plans for the her­itage-listed Glen­coe Farm site. The plans in­clude a 10-suite ac­com­mo­da­tion plus guest din­ing, meet­ing rooms, shop, gallery, bar and cafe.

But Fal­mouth res­i­dent and Friends of the East Coast sec­re­tary, Graeme Wa­then, said the group has put in a sub­mis­sion to ex­press con­cerns about the size and na­ture of the pro­posal.

“Fal­mouth is chang­ing from a rather pris­tine coastal set­tle­ment into a tourist hub,” Mr Wa­then said.

“And it will lose a great deal of its amenity with these sorts of developmen­ts.”

The pro­posed de­vel­op­ment would have 10 suites each with a kitch­enette, din­ing, lounge, and bed­room with en­suite. Each would have an en­try deck and main deck.

The suites would sur­round a new farm dam, and a cafe, toi­let block and other ameni­ties would be de­vel­oped nearby.

Mr Wa­then said his main con­cern was the po­ten­tial en­vi­ron­men­tal harm.

“Both in terms of the scenic cor­ri­dor, the threat­ened species, the wastew­a­ter and wet­lands, and the soils,” Mr Wa­then said.

“If you drive along that sec­tion from Sca­man­der down past Four Mile Creek, the sweep­ing views of the farm­land around Glen­coe are re­ally quite sig­nif­i­cant...

“It shouldn’t be there to be ex­ploited in this way, it should be there to add to the tourist ex­pe­ri­ence rather than have it be de­graded by these developmen­ts.”

The size of the de­vel­op­ment was also a con­cern, Mr Wa­then said.

“And al­ready the ac­com­mo­da­tion avail­able for [hol­i­day] rentals in Fal­mouth is larger than the en­tire per­ma­nent pop­u­la­tion,” he said.

The town has about 100 per­ma­nent res­i­dents.

Break O’Day Coun­cil Mayor Mick Tucker said the ap­pli­ca­tion will go to a coun­cil meet­ing for con­sid­er­a­tion.

“Just like all other ap­pli­ca­tions, this de­vel­op­ment will be as­sessed on the rel­e­vant plan­ning cri­te­ria and our de­ci­sion will be based on this cri­te­ria alone,” Cr Tucker said.

The ap­pli­ca­tion can be found at bodc.tas.gov.au.

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