Friends of Randalls Bay Coastcare (FORB)
In an innovative and creative move a new trust set up by the Friends of Randalls Bay (near Cygnet) Coastcare has signed a contract with Huon Valley Council to purchase, for $130,000, the 23.8 hectare (60 acre) block at the back of Randalls Bay beach locally known as the Quarry Reserve.
The block, rich in native flora and fauna, once operated as a gravel quarry. It had been ‘surplus to requirements’ for Huon Valley Council. As the Friends of Randalls Bay Coastcare had long acted in a caretaker role in the reserve, HVC determined to give FORB the opportunity to purchase the block at an independent valuation.
“The Quarry Reserve’s nature trail is well-used by locals,” Friends of Randalls Bay Coastcare spokesman, Paul Thomas, said. “This Reserve is habitat for rare and endangered species like the bettong, Tasmanian devil and Swift parrot. It is currently ablaze with native flowers. It is a perfect complement to the Randalls Bay beach and the Echo Sugarloaf Nature Trail which our group has spent recent years constructing”.
“We investigated all avenues for acquisition and found the safest way to protect it for conservation and public access was to establish a beneficiary trust. We are now appealing to the everyone who loves the area to help raise the funds needed to ensure this outcome,” Paul said.
The Randalls Bay Quarry Reserve Trust is now established and receiving donations to raise the $130,000. Fundraising is underway including a crowdfunding initiative to be launched with this announcement.
The Mayor of Huon Valley Council, Bec Enders and members of the Randalls Bay Coastcare group will announce the acquisition and fundraising plan at a launch to be held 2pm on Thursday 22 Nov at the Randalls Bay BBQ site.
Paul Thomas is Secretary Friends of Randalls Bay