The Conara Roadside and Flora Park
15 August 2019
As part of previous upgrades to the Midland Highway, the small town of Conara was bypassed in the early 1970s, isolating land between the new and old highways. The Department of State Growth acquired 15 hectares of the land in two parts, divided by the Fingal railway line, and committed to managing the area as public open space.
Land to the south of the Conara Road has been developed as The Conara Roadside and Flora Park. The park is one of 13 State Growth Roadside Conservation Sites found across Tasmania, and is managed for its conservation values. Recent works included removing pines and invasive weeds.
The northern area is mostly intact native vegetation. This grassy woodland is recognised as having significant botanic conservation values including six species and two vegetation communities listed under the Tasmanian Threatened Species Protection Act 1995 and the Nature Conservation Act 2002 respectively.