Works start at St Peters Pass
03 May 2018
Works have begun on two projects – York Plains to St Peters Pass and St Peters Pass to south of Tunbridge – part of the Midland Highway 10 Year Action Plan to improve safety on Tasmania’s key north-south road corridor.
Reducing roadside hazards, such as trees in the road reserve, is an important part of improving road safety in the area around St Peters Pass.
The removal of trees and hedging has begun, including up to six Pioneer Avenue trees and nine trees from the St Peters Pass rest area.
The Department has developed a major landscaping plan which has been designed to complement existing features and build upon the Pioneer Avenue concept.
The plan includes the planting of nearly 300 Pioneer Avenue trees, over 500 native trees and shrubs and one kilometre of hedge in suitable locations outside the road reserve.
Cuttings and seeds have been taken from locally significant trees to propagate seedlings to be planted as part of the landscaping works.
The unique topiary near and within the rest area will remain.
The Department consulted extensively with nearby residents and land owners, Heritage Tasmania, the Tasmanian Heritage Council, the local council and community on the project.
Research used in development of the landscaping plans also considered the area’s current aesthetics, and its environmental and Aboriginal heritage.