Tasmanian Eagle Geopark, an example of a geopark prototype

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an example of a prototype

Tasmanian Eagle Geopark


IntroductionRelated document:Geotourism development in Australia: the need for geopark prototypes

about: the implementation of the geopark-concept in the Australian Way

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A Geopark prototypeBased on a regional initiative (for example a GeoTrail)

Cooperation between:stakeholders governments, landowners and landmanagerspartners from different disciplinesgeology, ecology, culture, education, tourism, environment and the agricultural and mining sector

Creation of:a- an imaginative areab- with imaginary boundariesc- thats easy identifiable d- and has good marketability


The Living EarthWest Coast Tasmania GeoTrailRegional initiative and partnership of:Mineral Resources TasmaniaWest Coast CouncilDepartment of State Growth, Tasmania

Collection of 16 sites of geological, natural and cultural interest

- For a better understanding and appreciation of the geological processes which formed the rocks and the landscapes - To show how man has interacted with the geology and the landscape

=> How to design a Geopark prototype, based on the GeoTrail?


a- An imaginative areaPrototype:an imaginative design that has a story to tell:

Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagleAustralias largest bird of prey and one of the largest eagles in the worldan endemic Tasmanian subspecies, listed as endangered


b- With imaginary boundaries

A connected area of:all current sites (16) of The Living Earth GeoTrailincl. Mount Heemskirk Regional Reserve incl. the towns of Strahan, Queenstown, Rosebery, Tullah and Zeehan

Resulting in:an Tasmanian Wedge-Tailed Eagle shaped land formwith imaginary boundaries


c- Easy to identify and good marketabilityEasy to identifyBy its shapeEagle is a majestic symbol of the Tasmanian skyBy link with areaTasmanian Wedge-Tailed Eagle:West Coast is a foraging habitatWest Coast has a few nesting areas Eagle is subject of Recovery Plans (Forest Practices plans)By link with nameTasmanian Eagle Geopark, orNairana Geopark (Tasmanian Aborigines name for this eagle = Nairana)

Good marketabilitysimple, distinctive, recognizable, advertisable and visualizablepossibility to become an individual famous brand


Geopark organizationGeoparks are organized around expeditions and storylines.

Expeditions are created in order to tell the story of the region in an entertaining manner.

Each expedition has its own storyline or theme and starts for instance at an expedition gate at a visitors center, a look out, a museum etc.

The expeditions feature hotspots: places where the story is visually illustrated for the visitor.

(with the Tasmanian Eagle as our virtual guide)


Potential expeditions and storylines (1)Rocks about the rock formations that have been created during several geological periods and about the conditions under which they were formed (climates) in areas with outcrop representing those geological periodsMineralsabout the mineral richdom of the West Coastand about the way these minerals were formed on earth or dropped from space (gold?)at sites where minerals are/have been exploited or are exhibitedGlaciation about the glacial history from mid-Pleistocene to the last Glacial Maximumand the way glaciation formed the current landscape of the West Coastin areas where the results of glaciation are visibleEndemic Speciesabout the regions biodiversity thats of exceptional biological and paleoecological interestas a result of the geographical and genetical isolation of Tasmania for long periodsat sites where fossils have been located or existing species are observable


Potential expeditions and storylines (2)Human Settlementabout the arrival of humans from the mainland (last glacial period)and the Tasmanian Aboriginal culture in this regionat sites representing depositories of Tasmanias Aboriginal cultural heritageMining about the development of mining in the regionand the related West Coast mining culture at current or former mining sitesWaterabout the benefits of water in the area (electricity, agriculture, mining)and the management of water and related problems (pollution)at sites that are related to water managementClimate Changeabout the expected impacts (extreme rainfall, higher temperatures, sea level rise)and the ways the region can assimilate to these changing conditionsat vulnerable sites where the effects can be studied or explained (beaches, dunes, rivers)


The Tasmanian Eagle or Nairana Geopark

will bring positive thinking to the West Coast to give local people the will and foresight to create something very special and beneficial.

is the ultimate chance to create and to maintain a vast, tight and durable network of actors from the West Coast, that is needed

to realise the (geotourism) potential that the West Coast really has; and

to challenge the regional problems of our time (pollution) and of future generations (climate change).