Strategic Projects Office
The Strategic Projects Office (SPO) serves both Circular Head and Waratah-Wynyard Councils in the implementation of the various projects described within their respective endorsed Strategic Plans.
The SPO plans, designs and costs projects for consideration by Councillors, often some years ahead of actual implementation. In this way, Councillors are assisted with the prioritising of projects to receive funding in any particular financial year through their annual budget deliberations.
Increasingly, this approach is also the only way for Councils to successfully apply for State or Federal Government funding assistance towards major projects.
The SPO endeavours to deliver creative, exciting and cost effective outcomes for the community by thinking laterally and working collaboratively.
CURRENT SPO PROJECTS FOR CIRCULAR HEAD COUNCIL
East Esplanade Landscape Development Plan
Council has endorsed the Eastern Foreshore Masterplan(8963 kb). The Plan identifies and makes recommendations for improvements over time to significant and special features along the foreshore; vehicular and pedestrian access, furnishings such as bins, signs and barbeque facilities, ways to link the area to the Smithton town center and general enhancement of the existing landscape. The Landscape Development Plan allows Council to plan and budget for improvements to the area. A sign depicting the intent of the Landscape Development Plan will be erected on site.
Circular Head Aquatic Leisure Centre
Liminal Architecture has submitted the final plans and sketches of the site and the facility. Documents will be placed before Council prior to being placed on public display. Jim Corbett of Sport & Leisure Solutions has been engaged to undertake a Business and Operational Plan for the proposed facility. Mr Corbett has undertaken similar analysis and reports for Launceston, Devonport and Burnie City Councils on their proposed and subsequent indoor aquatic facilities. The report will take into consideration the final floor plan, co located business components, anticipated facility programs and cost estimates for the construction of the facility.
Smithton Wharf Redevelopment
Council has awarded the Tender for the demolition and redevelopment of the Smithton Wharf to Tas Span Pty. Ltd (based in Latrobe) web site www.tasspan.com.au . Council also resolved to extend the wharf design by a further 13.6m (total length of 78.6m) due to a recent increase in commercial fishermen using the facility.
Works on site are to include:
- Demolition of the old wharf
- Placement of rock along the eastern embankment of the Duck River for a length of approximately 120 m (as along the opposite embankment)
- 78.6m long, 3m wide reinforced concrete wharf deck and cross beams supported by polyethylene coated steel piles.
- Lighting of the wharf area
- Single and 3 phase electrical outlets for commercial vessels
- Water outlets
- A waste ‘dump point’
- Refurbishment of the existing “loading wharf”
- Demolition of the abalone shell yard and old shed
- Sealing of the car parking area with seating and landscaping adjacent the river embankment.
A Wharf Newsletter is to be distributed regularly to keep the community informed on the anticipated outcomes and progress of the project.
Smithton Marina Subdivision
A Final Survey Plan has been lodged with Council for sealing.
Freedom Camp Sites for Self Contained Recreational Vehicles (RVs)
The Strategic Projects Office (SPO) continues to work with several parties to secure satisfactory sites for self contained recreational vehicles. It may take some time before site management issues are resolved. Expressions of Interest are to be called for management of a site in Stanley. Council has asked that a brochure be produced for Circular Head RV sites - once they have been determined.
Trethewies Lookout – “Welcome to Stanley” Wall
The “Welcome to Stanley” wall is to be erected on site within the next three weeks. Surplus signage will be removed from the site.
Harcus River Road – Power Line
Council and Aurora have worked together to determine the best location for power poles along Harcus River Road, taking into account Council's long term objective of road widening and upgrading. Tenders will be called for vegetation clearance and erection of poles and wires.
Harcus River Road – Land Survey and Draft Road Design
The SPO is seeking quotes for a land survey that will inform a draft engineering design for road widening and, where required, realignment of Harcus River Road so it can adequately support milk tanker traffic and tourist vehicles.
Natural Gas Pipeline from Port Latta to Smithton
Council continues to work with local industry, Tas Gas Networks and DEDTA advocating the economic and social benefits of extending the natural gas pipeline from Port Latta to Smithton. Council has lodged a submission for funding under the Tasmanian Forest Interdepartmental Agreement.
Forest Streetscape Development Plan
The SPO will consult with the primary school and local business before drafting a Forest Streetscape Development Plan that will aim to improve the amenity of the main intersection and pedestrian access between key sites within the village.
Tier Hill Lookout - Geotechnicial Survey and Engineering Design
Further investigations and issue of Permits will bring this project closer to construction. Detailed engineering design will determine the best location for the start of the elevated lookout walkway and final viewing platform height.
Dip Falls Development Plan
The SPO has been asked to produce a Development Plan for the Dip Falls and Big Tree area. SPO will consult with Council’s Works Plus and the Circular Head Tourism Association prior to forming a draft Plan.
Smithton Landscape Development Plan
The SPO has been asked to produce a Landscape Development Plan for Smithton’s key entry sites (such as roundabouts and intersections) and primary entry roads. Preliminary site identifications and investigations are under way.
Circular Head Attractions Sign- Bass Highway (near Stanley turnoff)
The SPO is to develop a tourism sign that will advocate the attractions of the “far north west”, including, and beyond, Smithton.
Identification Signage for Circular Head Settlements
The SPO has been asked to review and make recommendations for the improvement to the system of existing “Welcome to” settlement signs throughout the Circular Head municipal area. All twenty seven (27) settlement areas have been inspected and recommendations on signage improvements will be placed before Council for consideration.
CURRENT SPO PROJECTS FOR WARATAH-WYNYARD COUNCIL
Boat Harbour – Pedestrian Circulation and Car Parking Improvements.
Council is advancing an infrastructure plan to improve pedestrian safety and circulation at Boat Harbour Beach and to upgrade the visibility and layout of existing car parking.
The Key Objectives of the project are to:
- improve the safety of pedestrian circulation, particularly from the Boat Harbour Surf Club rooms to the public toilets and from the children’s playground to the public toilets;
- expand and enhance the ‘visibility’ of car parking spaces available on site;
- provide a dedicated emergency vehicle access area;
- provide designated disability parking area’s; and
- soften the materials used in the immediate vicinity of such works so as to enhance the beach foreshore and car park experience.
Council is to seek quotes for construction of the Boat Harbour Infrastructure Plan. It is anticipated works will be completed before the busy summer period.
Remediation of Camp Creek
The Camp Creek Remediation Options Study- Geomorphological, Civil Engineering and Ecological Values Assessment by Entura has been received by Council and is available for viewing on Council’s web site. Council has called for Expressions of Interest from members of the community who may be interested in being a member of an Advisory Group that will help disseminate information on Camp Creek remediation options and provide community feedback on the options proposed.
Coastal Pathway Project
Documentation to progress a proposed Coastal Pathway has been funded by Cradle Coast Authority, in order to progress a ‘missing link’ in Wynyard’s section of the North West Tasmania Coastal Pathway Plan 2010. An engineering firm has been engaged to draft a design for the missing link from the Wynyard Wharf, across tidal waters, to the Wynyard Yacht Club. A Development Application is to be lodged in the near future.
Somerset Village Centre Master Plan.
A Master Plan for the future upgrade and enhancement of the Somerset Village Centre is to be progressed. The community will be invited to discussion and feedback/ideas sessions that will inform the production of a draft Plan.
Sisters Beach Public Open Space Master Plan
Investigations and a draft Master Plan is to be produced over Sisters Beach public open space areas. The community will be invited to discussion and feedback/ideas sessions, prior to a draft Plan being produced.
Terra Nova Drive- Signage and Landscaping
The SPO is to work with business located within Terra Nova Drive to enhance the visual presentation of Terra Nova Drive and provide ‘corporate’ signage at the entrance to the area.
Shade Structures – Boat Harbour Beach
Initial planning investigations will determine if structures can be erected on the grassed, beachfront area of Boat Harbour Beach. If ok, then the community will be consulted on size, shape, location and colour of the structures.
Consultation with Wynyard Yacht Club and Boating Community
The SPO will consult with the Wynyard Yacht Club and boating community in relation to proposed siting and draft design concepts/ brief for a new community facility. Discussions and progress of this project will be informed by community feedback on the Camp Creek remediation proposals, as recommended by Entura.
Upgrade – Cam River Reserve Toilets
The SPO will advise on upgrade of the Cam River Reserve toilet block that currently does not allow equal access and suffers from damp issues.