New trail helps explore the heritage of Clarence Plains

An old historic trail around Rokeby has been given a much- needed modern update.

The new naniyilipata/Clarence Plains Historic Trail is a rejuvenation of the Old Rokeby Historic Trail, a self-drive tour of historic sites around Rokeby.

The Old Trail was first established more than 20 years ago by Tranmere Clarence Plains Land & Coastcare Inc (TACPLACI), who successfully applied for a federal grant to create it.

Over the past two decades, time and the weather have not been kind to some of the trail’s signs. Some signs indicated the sites of historic properties that no longer exist. And the trail needed to be made more inclusive and include stories from the area’s Indigenous history.

TACPLACI was approached by Clarence City Council to help transform the Old Historic Trail into a pleasant walking trail, and submitted a successful grant application to the Tasmanian Community Fund.

The grant funded the design, manufacture and installation of new signs at 15 sites along the Trail, as far afield as Droughty Point Road on Rokeby Beach.

Information on the signs covers the period from pre- European settlement to the 1967 bushfires, and features anecdotes about characters who helped shape the region.

All signs have QR codes leading to tacplaci.org.au for further information and to aid in navigation between signs.

The trail was officially launched on 25 May by former Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman, whose ancestors were early settlers in the area.

Held at The Grace Centre, the launch was attended by representatives from the Aboriginal community, the Tasmanian Community Fund and the local community, including some with family connections to people mentioned on the signs.

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