Access. Councillor Trevor Spinks has questioned the legality of impeded access to Preminghana, also known as Mount Cameron West, at Marrawah.
Raising a motion at council’s monthly meeting last Thursday (April 27), Cr Spinks requested the council investigate the status of the road reserve which leads to Preminghana, and if the removal of barriers which block access to this road is possible.
“I am of the understanding that as part of the land transfer at the Preminghana Indigenous Protected Area (PIPA) a road reserve was granted from the lower car park, on the northern side of Mount Cameron, to the foreshore,” Cr Spinks said at the meeting.
He noted gravel, wire, posts and steel droppers currently barricade the entrance.
“Ratepayers have approached me to request that endeavours be made to have this situation reversed and access to the reserve be made available to the public.”
PIPA was declared a state reserve in June 1999 under the Aboriginal Lands Act after the state government acquired the land from Van Diemen’s Land Company two decades earlier.
The land was found to hold significant environmental, heritage and cultural value to Indigenous Tasmanians.
Circular Head Council general manager Tony Smart advised that an investigation has commenced into all access points in the area and that it is hoped a response will be received within the month.