Primrose Sands is a small locality approximately 50km east of Hobart situated on Frederick Henry Bay. Historically, Primrose Sands is known as a holiday destination with a high number of shack owners, although the permanent population has grown substantially. The current population is 1209. Primrose Sands is popular for beach activities including snorkeling, fishing and scuba diving. The town is located in the Sorell Council area and has facilities including a general store, fire station, RSL, skate park and accommodation. Other facilities are available nearby towns including Sorell.
In the spatial walkability assessment, Primrose Sand’s walkability was rated low in comparison to the 91 other towns in the study. The spatial maps showed that walkability is limited throughout the town.
The audits and workshop discussion suggest that the natural areas (such as the beach and informal bush tracks) are key assets that support walking and active recreation in the area. However, residents rely on roads to access these spaces and to get around the town. This is considered dangerous due to road conditions including the narrow roads, traffic speed and lack of pedestrian safety measures.
There were three key priorities identified as having the potential to improve walkability throughout Primrose Sands. These were to improve pedestrian safety, the footpaths and trails around the town, and to explore opportunities for community infrastructure planning.