Cascade strategic land review

The Cascade Estate is the largest privately-owned bushland area within the Hobart municipal area. The estate contains significant environmental values and a range of heritage values. It is located between Wellington Park and the suburbs of South Hobart, West Hobart and Lenah Valley. This central location means the estate is a well-used informal recreational area for walking, running, dog walking and mountain biking.

The Cascade strategic land review is a joint project between Carlton & United Breweries, Cascade Brewery and the City of Hobart.

The project builds upon previous collaborations between the Cascade Brewery and the City in which the Cascade Brewery provided access to its land, and funding to assist in the construction of a 2.2km Cascade Walking Track in 2011 which links the much-loved Hobart Rivulet Park and kunanyi/Mount Wellington’s tracks.

The aim of the project is to examine the attributes of the 250 hectare Cascade Estate as a whole, and develop a long-term plan to progress shared objectives for the estate, including:

  1. To ensure the Cascade estate provides for continued operation and (potential) future growth of the Cascade Brewery.
  2. To maximise the benefit of the estate to the Cascade brand.
  3. To conserve significant natural values within the context of surrounding land use.
  4. To provide, maintain and improve recreational access where appropriate.
  5. To conserve culturally significant values, including aesthetic, scientific, historic and social values.
  6. To further cooperative approaches to land management responsibilities, including access, weed control and bushfire risk management.
  7. To facilitate sustainable use and development of the Cascade estate.

It is hoped that the Cascade strategic land review will lead to a range of initiatives for the estate that, when taken as a whole, deliver broad economic, conservation and recreational benefits to Carlton & United Breweries, the City of Hobart and the Tasmanian community.

Project Status

Preliminary community engagement and the review of the estate values was undertaken by Inspiring Place between February and June 2015. Inspiring Place documented these findings, and prepared a draft strategy outlining their recommendations for future management of the estate.

This draft strategy was submitted to both Cascade and the Hobart City Council for endorsement.

However, during review of the draft strategy, Carlton & United Breweries was purchased by Anheuser-Bush InBev (AB InBev).  As such, the City of Hobart is now actively working with the executive of AB InBev to review and progress the draft strategy.

Should the draft strategy be endorsed by AB InBev, the draft strategy will be exhibited, and public comment on the recommendations sought.