Many remote area walkers and fishers access the Central Plateau of Tasmania/lutruwita via the Mersey Forest and Maggs Roads, which lead to the trailheads for places like the Walls of Jerusalem, Arm River Track, Chalice Lake and Cathedral Mountain, etc.
There is a proposal to place a high powered rifle range on top of Maggs Mountain (900m), which is located above Lake Rowallan and across the valley from Clumner Bluff to the east and the February Plains to the west.
Meander Valley Council needs to decide whether to grant approval. You have until 5pm on Monday 29 November to put in a submission expressing your view on the proposal.
The proposal can be viewed at https://www.meander.tas.gov.au/…/img/site/PA.22.0116.pdf
Please email your comments to: email@example.com with the identifier PA 22/0116
The firing distance to targets would be 1 kilometre, with a further 3 kilometre ‘safety zone’. There would be significant earthworks to flatten part of the mountain top. These rifles are much more powerful than regular .22’s and would emit 160 decibels, from the top of Maggs Mountain.
Here are some thoughts you may wish to include in your submission (most effective if put into your own words):
Re: Permit application from Kentish Rifle Club
For Rifle Range on Maggs Mountain
Dear Council officers
I write regarding the proposal from the Kentish Rifle Club Inc to establish a ‘firing range’ one kilometre long, and associated development on North Maggs Road.
This is an inappropriate location for a rifle firing range.
Talk about your connection to the area and why it will impact on you.
The Roads over Maggs Montain and the Upper Mersey Valley provide access to some of the state’s most popular walking destinations including the Walls of Jerusalem, Chapter Lake, Arm River Track, etc. Many visitors to the Central Plateau stay in surrounding towns before and after their trip and support the local economy which – increasingly – relies on nature based tourism.
This is a wild landscape that at will be impacted by the noise of rifle fire. People visit these areas for the silence, the solitude, the peace and quiet. Rifle fire will negatively and substantially impact on the experience of people visiting the Upper Mersey valley and surrounding mountains. It will reduce the attraction of these areas for local and interstate visitors who are seeking recreation in a wild landscape.
Maggs Mountain is not the place for a rifle range. If the Rifle Club wishes to develop a firing range they should secure a site away from such a remote, high value nature and wilderness destination.
November 24, 2021 at 1:39 pm
We have a hut on 400 acres next to the proposed rifle range. Up to now we’ve left it unlocked and have welcomed passing adventurers who need shelter and tranquility any time, without notice, for free.
If the rifle range is approved, we’ll lock the hut to stop shooters using it as a base and raising safety concerns for other activities in the area including an education centre used by schools.
Thanks very much for posting this great info on how to send comments to Meander Council by 5pm Monday 29 November. Please help us keep the mountains, valleys, rivers, lakes and plateau around the Upper Mersey quiet!
December 17, 2021 at 4:18 pm
Huge thanks to everyone who sent in a representation to Meander Valley Council about the rifle range. Council voted to reject it on Tues 14 Dec, which was great news for everyone wanting the area to remain tranquil for everyone’s enjoyment. There were objections from white water groups, anglers, outdoor educators, bush walkers and mountain lovers. There’s likely to be an appeal though so we’re preparing to argue it out in Tassie’s RMPAT tribunal. We’re looking for some good advice about this if anyone knows the system.
June 15, 2022 at 5:09 pm
I believe it would be a floored exercise to put a rifle range on Maggs mountain, due to the fact many bush walkers us this area for its peace and quiet as well as bush walkers use this area I know of a few huts up that way that I use to be able to use but since this rifle range crap has come up I have been unable to stay their any longer . I believe if this was to go ahead people would be left open to a law suite if astray bullet was to hit or kill a bushwalker .These areas should be left alone and people should be allowed to walk these areas without the fear of being shot by stray bullets.
These areas are also boarded by parks and wildlife National parks.
We don’t want to end up like America where we can’t enjoy the wildlife areas without the fear of being shot and killed.