Wellington Park is more than a biophysical reserve, and more than the historical parts that make it up. It is a vital component of the community’s identity, strongly forming the local sense of place. The mountain is particularly linked into the psyche of southern Tasmanians who live in its shadow and identify strongly with the area and local stories.
Some local stories and reflections were collected by Emily Stoddart and retold in The mountain: a people’s perspective. This book is still available from Hobart City Council, local Tasmanian bookshops and by mail order – please contact the Manager.
Stories from other mountain communities around the world were recorded during the International Year of the Mountain, and can be read on the Mountain Voices website.
Wellington Park means different things to different people. The Aboriginal community provides a perspective on the land, and current relationships. Bushcare and other community groups work to eradicate environmental weeds and revegetate with native species. Others visit the Park for peace and perspective, for adventure and retreat. It is a place to be in the wild and close to nature. For some it is simply a part of everyday life – or a source of inspiration, art and poetry. Visitors and residents testify to the important presence of the landscape in written interpretations. Local author and Fern Tree resident Danielle Wood has reflected upon the meaning of Wellington Park and the mountain.
The importance of the Park was reflected by its placement on the Register of the National Estate.
Additionally many locals have responded passionately regarding development proposals in the Park. The Trust encourages community comment on management plans and initiatives, and considers all perspectives. The Wellington Park Management Plan guides management and ensures the protection of all Park values. For further information contact the Manager.
Images of today’s locals can be viewed in the community gallery.