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Riparian protection and community attitudes to a proposed linear park and recreational trail along Sandy Bay Rivulet

Crozier, G 2007 , 'Riparian protection and community attitudes to a proposed linear park and recreational trail along Sandy Bay Rivulet', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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This thesis investigates community response to a draft proposal of a linear park and
recreational trail in the middle section of the Sandy Bay Rivulet, and reviews the associated
planning structures and processes involved in riparian zone management and open space
planning. Two hundred and sixty surveys were letter dropped to local residents outlining the
proposed Sandy Bay Rivulet linear park and asking for their opinion. Seventy-two survey
responses were received (28%). The research indicated that 85% of the residents support the
proposed Sandy Bay Linear Park, 8% were against it and 7% were unsure. The community
survey also yielded a number of recommendations. These reflect local resident's perception to
land use, public access and general management of the Sandy Bay Rivulet.
In reviewing the legislation, planning and management framework of the riparian zone
along the Sandy Bay Rivulet it was found that the management of the rivulet is chiefly under
the local Hobart Planning Scheme 1982, and in light of the Hobart Open Space Landscape
Strategy, 1994 and the Hobart Open Space Study, 1997- volumes 1 & 2. In most cases
riparian setbacks are 1 0 m from the top of the bank. There is a general trend to widening and
strengthening of the riparian zone over time, particularly with zoned bushland areas.
Management by Hobart City Council is still often through development control rather than
ownership. The Tasmanian Resource Planning and Development System was outlined
together with State Environmental Best Practice Guidelines for managing riparian vegetation.
Several management themes were covered including: a review of past reports, plans and
studies, private land conservation and water management.
Recently the importance of riparian reserves has received further development through
.the focus on issues of water management and biodiversity conservation. The need to have
adequate protection of riparian land is increasingly considered as best management practice.
This may include urban, rural, and protected areas landscapes, and often involving the upper
catchment The potential to utilize waterside reserves as part of recreational open space
networks; continues to evolve in landscape design and planning.

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Authors/Creators:Crozier, G
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