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Hollybank Wedgetails Eden Tourism Submission

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Hollybank Wedgetails Eden Tourism Submission

  1. 1. EE xx pp rr ee ss ss ii oo nn oo ff II nn tt ee rr ee ss tt HHOOLLLLYYBBAANNKK FFOORREESSTT MMaajjoorr TToouurriissmm DDeevveellooppmmeenntt M. John Latham – Architect P.O.Box 54, SORELL 7172 urbarc@austar.net.au 03 6265 1420
  2. 2. TTHHRREEEE KKEEYY AASSPPEECCTTSS Two Aspects to be Awakened to join the Current Hollybank Experience. There are two significant aspects of the Hollybank Forest asset yet to be awakened to accompany the extant (and expandable) ‘in forest’ sensations and experience of native habitat, overhead foliage, fickle shadows, branches, barken trunks and roots grasping the health of the ground. These two aspects, conveniently, are together in close proximity, facilitating not only access but ergonomic and visual drama – a drama of place made by topography and orientation to the sun. An asset to be developed protectively. 1. THE HIGHEST POINTS This aspect is comprised of the two most elevated points, located at the south-east. They are prime for awakening. From these points we can see out from the ‘in forest’ realm, also present there, to an overview of the forest canopies and afield. The psychologies of the overview sensations blended with those of the ‘in forest’ realm work well together. The variations of weather further enhance this; for example we move from the shade and stillness ‘in forest’ to the bright sun and wind of the ‘over realm’ and back again - stimulating. The way we move is itself a stimulating experience. Sensitive development of these high points can awaken these natural potentials whilst contributing additional commodity. It is important that these hillfaces remain substantially foliated in appearance from within Hollybank. 2. THE LOWEST POINT This aspect occurs where Pipers River is met by a very low flow Butchers Creek, the Ravine Junction. The valleys and junction point of these two flow ravines offer a diverse aspect to the forest and this is only heightened by the primeval presence of fresh ‘natural’ water. The potential for a small dam at one or of each these flows, whilst it must be pursued for latent development at Hollybank, is by no means critical to the worthwhile capitalisation of the extant landform environment of the ravines and in particular their junction. To capitalise, we must be able to access both sides of each ravine and certainly the three shores of the junction. The low-to-zero flow of the creek can be managed to advantage. The ‘in forest’ lower-elevation potentials and the built exterior and interior potentials of course remain as aspects for utilisation development. 3. ‘IN FOREST’, CULTURAL AND BUILT - ACTIVITIES AND EXPERIENCES This aspect encompasses a plethora of potentials which are both already evident and will come to light as time goes by. This proposal establishes a basis to unify these variable potentials through all three - compatibility, access and design character.
  3. 3. UUNNIIFFIICCAATTIIOONN OOFF TTHHEE TTHHRREEEE KKEEYY AASSPPEECCTTSS  HOLLYBANK FOREST ENTRANCE AND EXIT SENSATIONS During approach by highway, any visibility of iconic construction at the high points, such as bungee equipment, is an advantage to drama and also a drawcard. The drama of the transition to forest from day- to-day highway and urban attachments should be optimised and safeguarded. The transition begins at the highway turn-off and finishes as we pass on foot through the shrubbery and foliage that conceals the car park. Transition is an important aspect of the proposal illustrated. It is underpinned by the highway gateway, Adventure Drive, the glimpse viewpoint and the anticipations of leaving the concealed car park for an extensive petrol-free journey. A further latent potential to enter the site via a tunnel as illustrated would be very dramatic and subject to feasibility study and timely investment analysis.  WHOLE-OF-SITE COHERENCE As well as the more traditional visual design means of integrating all impact on the forest heritage, such as coordinated materials and signage, it is important that all commercial parties associated with installed commodity, such as bungee, comply with a respected code for visual appearance and design. The character of place presented in this proposal is for absolute minimisation of urban/commercial clutter in the forest realm. It is not altogether unreasonable, however, to allow a single aspect of bright synthetic attraction at the high point development – to draw interest. This may be the tall poles of a reverse bungee being brightly painted, with flags and lights. Level and sheltered access about the site is optimised by a circuit track. In the family spirit small quiet electric vehicles and rail punts supplement access. Both the appropriate grouping together of development items and the movement between the groups and the various isolated activities are keys to providing a satisfactory outcome for the initial development and importantly to allow a basis for future visitor growth without destroying the character of place which will foster this growth. It is with this in mind that the Ravine Junction in association with the high points is most exciting as a small development growing into a prosperous larger one without bombastic intrusion. As an item of point, it is suggested that generally ground hugging rail punts are a better alternative to flying foxes – not only because of the low visual impact but also for forest contact and contrast between the ‘in forest’ and overview realms. Some fast run cable rides, both one and two person, will be feasible at various points on the site, but may be best kept in association with the high point developments. Certainly a skyway to Mt Arthur should remain an associated concept. However a small modern electric train of similar scale and track sensitivity to that of Ida Bay but of contemporary culturally designed bodywork (perhaps mirror finish) may be an option for some of this journey.
  4. 4. TTHHEE PPRROOJJEECCTT CCOORREE At its most minimal the Ravine Junction, “The Hollybank Bowl”, is accessed by primitive ‘jungle’ footbridges and provides a simple terminus to the high point developments and linking to the rest of the site via the circuit track. In this sense it is an incidental core, in that the high point development is a probably a more notable attraction. The Ravine Junction is the practical heart of this proposal – not the heart of of the Hollybank site. The Ravine Junction provides a dramatic topographical location in itself as well as a logical access for the two high points, ravine crossings, the ‘fairly level’ circuit track and the car park. Subject to funding and interest conditions the Ravine Junction also operates as a place to tarry, enjoy water flow and puddles, swing, picnic and take basic shelter. We may also part with some money. But this is merely the beginning of the entrepreneurial imagination and long term potential (sketch 2/9) for this site. A bridge, south side of the Ravine Junction, can also be a building housing these facilities. Further still, a larger building may house a tennis racquet museum and river life interpretation. Further still, the building may become a damface providing sensational indoor water flows and underwater viewing potentials, scientific projects and receptions displaying the principles of ultra-modern clean-green minihydro/solar energy autonomy. In addition a whole new aspect of enjoyment and activity potential would be opened at the dam surface – even a dance floor floating in lighted reflections has been whimsied among a swath of waterborne ideas. Surely approval for a dam would be declined unless significant benefit to the State could be communally agreed as a go-ahead. This can only come once Hollybank can gain the confidences necessary. Never- the-less this current proposal is not contingent upon a dam. Working together with a simple Ravine Junction facility an amphitheatre, doubling optionally as an activities area and a place of spatial enjoyment, would very likely inspire cultural performance. Seating on one side of the ravine, the stage on the other. Stretching a point perhaps, another small dam on the creek would provide a gondolier style transport from our gateway hospitalities among the existing timber buildings. This could provide movement shelter and contrasting activity. As a secondary dam it would also enhance a built spatial effect at the Ravine Junction around the amphitheatre-style activity area. The damface would be visually and functionally enhanced – terraced and verandahed. Without this secondary dam a track, quite sheltered by new foliage supplemented with built cover, can run through this ravine to the Ravine Junction rather than a gondolier. A gentle billy-cart run for toddlers may be a worthy enterprise alongside the track. TTHHEE EEAASSTTEERRNN HHIIGGHH PPOOIINNTT The eastern high point, “Hollybank Big Top”, subject to available investments might carry;  Lookout.  Reverse bungee – “The Get-Further-Out- There” Bungee  Luge and Billy Cart tracks – running under the rail punt track at junctions.  Kiosk  Accomodation – up to five star but without normal urban accesses. Construction would be facing northern sun substantially inground and in accord with land contour. One construction
  5. 5. above and one below the terraced and creatively paved hub point established by the luge/bungee and the visitor access rail punt. Water and power to the high points must be discrete and preferably silent – these remain subject to confirmations. Service access is by off-road vehicle when not rail punt and only outside operating hours. A log bridge at the northern Hollybank boundary and a track running behind and servicing the cabins and Ravine Junction subject to detailed eventuations may be the best high point service access. Expanded growth of this high point development should investigate access via the State Forest. Imagine the scene from here looking down onto a dam lake. TTHHEE WWEESSTTEERRNN HHIIGGHH PPOOIINNTT The western high point is a secondary development consideration. Firstly it may carry small scale solo cable run rides and other activities. Visitor access at this stage may be only for the agile of foot – activities may be limited to energetic individuals and groups. Secondly it may one day be the point of arrival by tunnel or a minor tunnel connection to nearby reserve. An issue of drama and variations. MMOOUUNNTT AARRTTHHUURR VVIIEEWW KKIIOOSSKK A visually discrete and delightful building may be built between the two shallow knolls on the high ground just east of the existing Avenue. It is dedicated simply to viewing, interpreting and photographing Mt Arthur. Access may be by rail punt from the circuit track and electric vehicle from the Avenue. ‘‘EEDDEENN DDOOMMEE’’ This schematic expression suggests strongly that an Eden environment, “Hollybank Haven”, based on suspension structure from the ravine(s) embankments and including river flow (or dam) is desirable from the viewpoint of core location, visual discretion and structural economy. Such an environment, may best be placed over the site for the potential river dam lake where it is perhaps most discrete. Alternatively it may sit over the amphitheatre, Hollywood Bowl, area. Only detail working analysis can resolve the feasibilities as to choices. The roofing of the “Hollybank Haven” may also carry footbridges, water and power conduits to the high point developments as well as for rainmaking within. Around the world there are very serious endeavours to create autonomous living and cultivation environments and also monitoring climate change. “Hollybank Haven” could be a serious scientific endeavour, suiting ‘brand Tasmania’ whilst remaining a place of simple entertainment and discovery for visitors of all ages. Subject to size it may include amphitheatre, play areas, kiosk and inner semi-sealed environments devoted to botanical experience and research. It is difficult to imagine that a small dam would be refused for such a project. Why not eventually an Eden resort – a symbol of Tasmania’s unique aspirations (‘Thylacine Abodes’ within “Hollybank Haven”) (Waiters wearing thylacine jackets funning with Italian gondoliers). CCOOSSTTSS AANNDD AAPPPPRROOVVAALLSS Whole of concept costs are subject to commercial negotiations. The Forestry’s project budget will allow establishment of seeding infrastructure for the whole concept. Approvals are to be sought.
  6. 6. Forestry Tasmania ATTENTION: Ms Pete Dowell-Hentall Dear Peta, BUSINESS STRATEGY COMMENTS - HOLLYBANK FOREST SUBMISSION Following our meeting at Hollybank yesterday I make the following notes for Foresty’s confirmations and considerations;  The principle of my submission is that the Hollybank site can be established so as to offer seductive business and possibly research sites for lease. The construction (and maintenance) of infrastructure on leasable sites may perhaps be by Forestry or by lessees. A combination of both may be best, depending on the undertakings and operational preferences.  The suggested establishment of Hollybank such that seductive business sites can be offered is based on the Family Forest Fun theme and the enhancement of Hollybank’s existing intrinsic community interests. The submission makes a number of suggestions with this in mind. These enhancements probably should eventually variously be free and cheap to the public – thus creating all three; kudos, an atmosphere and a potential paying populace. The kernel and future development of the large hot house (with its own business sites) is part of these enhancements.  Specific access to and basic preparation of each business site would be a fundamental to attraction of operators. Similar to a shopping centre providing facility and public arena for its tenants. The three bridges and the circuit track are a key to this.  The range of commercial sites could be increased as time and also lease return provide opportunity. A theme park idea (with unique accommodation) grows – but one suited to Foresty aims and not Walt Disney. The detail charisma of this theme is value-added by Brand Tasmania and Hollybank’s own uniqueness.  I noted yesterday that the centre part of the Hollybank site is an area that may be considered feasible for a substantial built development. Indeed there may be a fair option for this, but I take this opportunity to warn that the bane of harmonious development is the losing of the soul of a place by construction of a house, say, so as to obliterate that aspect of the place that one most valued.  Detail feasibilities and approvals should be considered before the business decision is made. I am happy to wait. As a minimum it may be that a $2million investment on circuit track, interpretation, kiosk and bridges could be initially redeemed with profit through visitor charges. Thus a kick-off for operator development is established. Yours Faithfully, John Latham 29.09.03

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