Client:Department of Environment and Heritage; Miriam Vale Shire Council
·Project management and Supervision
The preparation of a management plan for Sir Joseph Banks Conservation Park required a delicate approach to an area of nationally significant natural and cultural heritage values. The study area was named after Sir Joseph Banks, the chief botanist of "The Endeavour" and is the second landing place of Captain Cook on the Queensland coast.
Visitor and tourism pressures upon the headland necessitated the development of a strategy in association with the D.E.H. to address pedestrian and vehicle access; the provision of visitor facilities; public safety; rehabilitation and protection of degraded areas; and visitor interpretation.Public consultation and close liaison with Council and D.E.H staff led to the development of a plan which sought to provide visitors with an appreciation of the sites values, while at the same time minimising environmental impacts upon the site.The design of structures, signage and walking trails therefore sought to reinforce through a thematic approach, the maritime and botanical values of the headland.
The construction of two significant lookout decks and walking trails represents the first stage in the overall implementation of the management strategy.Both the "Headland" deck and the "Catwalk" deck significantly expand the recreational and educational opportunity of the site and its ability to support visitor activities and use.Both decks were completed in 1996.
SIR JOSEPH BANKS CONSERVATION PARK - MANAGEMENT STRATEGY