Aikenhead Point

Aikenhead Point is located on the western bank of the Mersey River. Providing open ground, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Avenue, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, a bbq picnic area and Spirit of the Sea Statue. Occasionally locals can be found in the area fishing or surfing in the mouth of the Mersey River.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Avenue commemorates Tasmanian servicemen who lost their lives in the Vietnam War. The Rotary Club of Devonport South East created the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Walk of 17 plaques  on plinths in 2014 (and Norfolk Island Pines, Luck’s Parade), they commemorate the 17 Tasmanian servicemen who lost their lives during the Vietnam War.

Spirit of the Sea was sculpted by Aden and Karena McLeod to reflect the elements of the wind and sea. Devonport Lions Club raised the funds for the statue through fundraising and a State Government grant.

Aikenhead Point is named after William Aikenhead, 7 May 1842 -3 April 1902. Born in Launceston, he moved to what was known as Formby in 1887, where he established his home “Malunnah” on Victoria Parade.  He was the Chairman of the first Devonport Town Board, a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Fire Brigade, Library, School Board of Advice, Licensing Bench, elected to the State House of Assembly, Coroner and Justice of the Peace, an avid photographer and horticulturalist.

 

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Highfield Park

1.106 hectares ofpublic open spacebetween Morris Ave and Chichester Drive, bordered by residential properties with seven access points. 

A large open space with scattered mature trees, footpath, half a basketball court and pacnic tables. 

It is accessible seven days a week. 

 
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Kelcey Tier

The Kelcey Tier Greenbelt or Reserve consists of 185 hectares of predominantly native bushland with important conservation values, and provides social and recreational opportunities with walking and mountain biking trails, public art and bird watching/twitching.  In spring, Kelcey Tier is a great place to see the swift parrot (Lathamus discolor).

Explore the trails and you may be rewarded with views of Devonport and the Mersey River Estuary, or visit Preeatenna the Lizard (Preeatenna is an indigenous term for “Lizard”) or the Peace pole. 

The Peace Pole was an action to come from the 2005 Vision of Peace Project – an initiative of the Devonport City Council, the Migrant Resource Centre, and the Devonport Library. Crafted by Ray Barker, this element of the project was made possible with the assistance of Mersey Lions Club and the community.  
The peace pole stands as a tribute to all of us that peace is something we should never lose sight of and never take for granted. The message written on the Peace pole in English, Farsi, Japanese and Spanish is: “May Peace prevail on earth”.

See links below for information on the Wildlife and Fauna found in the Kelcey Tier Greenbelt. 

It is accessible seven days a week. 

Below Images: 2018 Tasmanian State XC Titles. 
Image Credit:  Grant Viney

How can I get involved?

Find out more about the Kelcey Teir Mountain Bike Club via their facebook page

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Mary Binks Wetlands

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Located in East Devonport, the wetlands are an enriched habitat for a diverse range of flora and fauna on approximately 1.7 hectares of land between Mary and Caroline Streets, opposite the East Devonport Recreation and Function Centre.

In September 2018 the Devonport City Council voted to rename the Mary Street Wetlands to recognise the city’s first female Mayor and long-time community advocate, the late Mary Binks OAM.
Mrs Binks served as Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Alderman of Devonport over a 13-year period from 1989.
She was awarded an OAM in 2005 and was Devonport’s Citizen of the Year in 2008.
During her time as Mayor, Mrs Binks was instrumental in establishing support for the wetlands.

Prior to the formation of the wetlands, the area was used as a landfill site for Council.

Upon its closure in 1999, local interest in re-establishing the wetlands was canvassed by Council and a Working Group involving nearby stakeholders and community members was set up.

Partnerships were established between Council, the Don College, Melaleuca Home for Aged, East Devonport Primary School and local residents.

In 2000, Council successfully gained the services of a Green Corps team to rehabilitate the site. Major earth works were carried out to form an open pond as well as adjacent boardwalk and pathway. Weed control and extensive native plantings were also undertaken.

In 2001, the Friends of Mary Street Wetlands Volunteer Group was formed, involving all above-mentioned stakeholders, with supervision by Council.
Council is interested in hearing from any individuals or groups wishing to re-form this group by volunteering time and energy to improve the biodiversity of the wetlands.

The Mary Street Wetlands project won a State Tidy Towns Major Environmental award in 2001. In 2002, the second stage of the walking pathway loop and seating was completed with additional assistance by a local Green Corps team and Work for the Dole team.

It is a fitting tribute that the area is now known as the Mary Binks Wetlands ensuring that Mrs Binks’ legacy and her community passion will be forever.

In 2020 a series of mosaic pavers were embedded into a new pathway within the park. The ceramic artwork was made by Devonport Regional Gallery and local community members of East Devonport Child and Family Centre, Reece High School and Devonport Community House Mosaic Club.

Things to see and do

  • Walk around the wetlands
  • Sit back and relax
  • Observe the wildlife
  • Check out the native plants
  • Have a picnic on the grass
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