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.

This includes:

  • 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)