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North-west greets its own ‘MONAs’

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A $160-million upgrade to the Cradle Mountain World Heritage Area and a $90 million luxury cliff-top resort at Table Cape have both been described as regional MONAs.

“I think that it can be the MONA of the north,” Planning Minister, Peter Gutwein, said of the Cumulus Studio concept for Cradle Mountain.

Waratah-Wynyard Mayor, Robby Walsh, said the proposed Table Cape  resort could be a MONA-like north-west tourism drawcard.

“I can’t think of a development that’s taken place like this on the north-west coast to equal it,” Mayor Walsh said.

Kentish Council has unanimously approved a master plan for the proposed Cradle Mountain upgrade, following frequent criticism of existing facilities from tourists.

The master plan includes a new World Heritage Wilderness Village, a cable car and a lakeside viewing shelter.

An initial $21 million revamp of Cradle Mountain’s ageing infrastructure is part of a broader, $160 million redevelopment of visitor facilities.

At the core of the planned development is a World Heritage Wilderness Village, which comprises a visitor centre, new Parks & Wildlife facilities, a village hub/information desk, an events and festival space and a public forecourt.

Artists’ impressions of the village reveal a series of angular timber buildings connected by a wide central forecourt. These will replace the site’s single existing building.

Designs released by Cumulus Studio also reveal a buried viewing centre with panoramic views over Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake.

While a large, visor-shaped window allows extensive views over the landscape, the viewing platform will itself be camouflaged with a low, grass-covered roof.

“From an architectural perspective, it was important that the buildings were designed to be sensitive to the environment and world heritage values,” Cumulus said in a statement.

“It is envisaged that the buildings should feel solid and grounded, as if sculpted from the site or carved from a solid rock by a glacier.

“Buildings were designed to enhance the visitor experience by revealing views and other aspects of the landscape, culminating in a chance to reflect and contemplate the environment in the viewing shelter at Dove Lake.”

The proposed cable car will connect the visitor centre and a Dove Lake viewing platform.

Construction is scheduled to begin at the end of 2017 and could be complete by as early as 2019.

Meanwhile, the proposed resort on the Table Cape plateau will overlook one of northern Tasmania’s most picturesque coastal vistas and will offer a conference centre, restaurant, day spa and a public green, as well as accommodation.

“I think MONA is a big thing for Hobart and the Table Cape development is going to be a big thing for the rest of Tasmania, particularly the north-west coast,” Mayor Walsh said.

The resort has been designed by Sydney-based architecture and interior design studio Silvester Fuller in collaboration with landscape architects Aspect Studios.

It is the brainchild of the Ransley family, who have lived in the area for several generations.

“It’s on their land and it’s going to be a huge benefit to the Waratah-Wynyard region and the rest of the area in general,” Mayor Walsh said.

Project spokesperson Narelle Woodhouse said the development had been designed to attract both local and global visitors.

“We are creating a destination for visitors to base their exploration of our north-west coast, sample our world-class produce and ultimately enjoy a longer stay in our region,” she said.

Construction could commence in 2019.

Image courtesy of Cumulus Studio

6 September 2017, Edition 187

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