Tweed Shire Council Scenic Landscape Mapping
The Tweed Shire is located within New South Wales immediately south of the border with Queensland and covers about 1,321 km2. The Shire contains a diverse range of scenic landscapes that form part of ‘Australia’s Green Cauldron’ which is one of sixteen ‘National Landscapes’ identified in 2008 under the National Landscapes Program. The scenic landscapes are rich in natural and cultural values resulting in an iconic tourist destination.
The Tweed Shire Council (TSC) realise the importance of managing their visual landscape to protect these values so it remains an iconic landscape. Subsequently, the Council has committed to undertake a detailed summary of the scenic landscape features and values of the whole Shire, with the primary objective being to develop strategic management objectives and regulatory guidelines to be introduced into the development assessment process. Ultimately, the Council intends to develop recommendations for levels of management, including how the landscape can be preserved, conserved, modified or restored in the most effective way to maintain and enhance the visual experience for both residents and visitors to the Tweed.
TSC engaged Ecoscape to identify and classify landscapes through a process of viewshed mapping and desktop analysis of spatial datasets (vegetation, land use, landform, topography) and aerial imagery in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The viewshed analysis was undertaken for key scenic locations that were identified as either ‘Priority 1’ or ‘Priority 2’ though a combination of community consultation and field survey by Council staff.
Ecoscape’s spatial analysis and mapping has been used to inform the Draft Scenic Landscape Strategy (2019) which is available on the TSC website: https://www.yoursaytweed.com.au/scenic-landscape-strategy
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