Arm End has set out an area of around 3.6ha exclusively for a Bird Sanctuary within the Public Recreation Reserve after consultation with Birds Tasmania.
Arm End Project Manager Craig Ferguson said Dr Eric Woehler, the President of Birds Tasmania, had been onsite to advise about requirements.
“On Eric’s advice we will be erecting a 1.2 m high fence – which will hopefully exclude both people and dogs from the area. It includes most of the low coastal land known as the Spit at the Northern End of Arm End,” Mr Ferguson said.
“The fence will run along the foothill to the west of the spit and northern around the next little cove area to protect the birds from disturbance which gather in the area, but particularly at the end of the Spit.”
Mr Ferguson said Arm End will in the future create some bird watching and interpretation areas overlooking the entire area, near to the public walkway.
Early preparation work has started on the public recreation uses such as the walking trails, lookouts, golf course layout, which will occupy some 40ha of the whole 120ha Arm End site.
“We have pegged out and rough mown the golf hole areas,” Mr Ferguson said.
“Our site masterplanners, leading landscape architects, Mogford + Crafter, are now finalising the detailed site plan landscaping design.
“We are also continuing the weed management works and maintenance of tracks as much as we can with Arm End shut due to COVID-19.”
Mr Ferguson said Arm End hopes to commence the recycled water pipeline project in late November this year.
“We are really excited about the environmental and economic benefits of bringing really high quality irrigation water to the South Arm region.”