This master plan for 2020-2040, outlines a proposed vision for natural and cultural values protection and best practice visitor management.
The purpose of the White Rock-Spring Mountain Conservation Estate Master Plan is to facilitate a planned approach in protecting conservation and cultural values. This will provide a safe and accessible location for nature-based recreation as the surrounding areas develop and visitors are attracted to the estate.
To implement this master plan, Ipswich City Council will:
Install Visitor Infrastructure
The installation of site responsive infrastructure will be to show case and protect the elements of the natural and cultural values of the estate.
- upgrade to Paperbark Flats amenity area
- boardwalks and stairs
- interpretive signage
- way-finding signage
- viewing/resting point
- upgrade existing tracks where required
- planning, design and installation of new tracks
- use of local endemic species in landscaped areas to show case native plants that can be used in an urban setting.
Monitor and Measure Use and Impact
- Undertake condition audits of existing tracks and trails to decide on suitability for development of themed trails.
- Undertake cultural heritage surveys and threatened species surveys around agreed points of interest.
- Undertake unexploded ordnance investigations around agreed points of interest and new or formalised trails.
- Establish flora and fauna surveys and monitoring programs to measure existing conditions and in future compare any changes to understand the ecological health of the estate.
Engage the Community
- Develop stakeholder and community engagement strategies to educate visitors and local community, in protecting the natural and cultural values, while enjoying the nature-based recreation and education opportunities available.
- Ground truth proposed themed trails for points of interest that will enhance the visitor experience and promote 'takeaway' knowledge of stewardship of conservation estates.
View and/or download the White Rock-Spring Mountain Conservation Estate Master Plan (PDF, 6.6 MB)