Woodlands a valuable piece of open space

LUTANA has a rich history associated with European settlement and the 1917 development of the zinc works located on the foreshore.

The Lutana Woodlands Reserve, a few hectares of green space bordering the zinc works, has been owned by Nystar for 100 years and, for decades, was used for regular gatherings and sporting events by zinc workers and their families.

For the last quarter of a century, Glenorchy City Council (GCC) has managed the reserve for the zinc works and local Lutana community.

Thirty-five Lutana locals recently turned up for a “walk and talk” organised by GCC and members of the local community to delve into the history, management and remnant flora of the Lutana Woodlands.

GCC environment officer Adam Muyt said more than 35 indigenous plant species were known to occur in the reserve including grasses, herbs, orchids, shrubs and trees.

“Two of the species are formally listed as ‘rare’ in Tasmania, one a daisy, the other a grass,” he said.

“We sought feedback on what the community values about the reserve, as well as gauging interest in establishing a community ‘bushcare’ group for the reserve.”

Council will now work with Nystar and the Lutana community to develop a works program to help protect the indigenous flora and also look at ways to involve the community in its management through regular “bushcare” activities.

Lutana residents who would like to know more information can contact Glenorchy City Council by phoning 6216 6800 or by email at gccmail@gcc.tas.gov.au

Caption: From left, Glenorchy City Council environment officer Adam Muyt, Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston and Lutana residents Mary McParland, Mary-Ann Hunt and Letitia Lamb.