People from across the East Coast gathered at Lenny’s Point on Saturday to celebrate a victory of the people’s will.
The Bicheno beach was on track to be sold by the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council into private hands, before the state government announced it would buy the land on Thursday.
The beach will remain in public hands and managed by Crown Land Services.
A petition against the sale of the land had garnered 436 signatures, and a picnic protest against the sale had been organised by the Earth Ocean Network.
However, Thursday’s government announcement turned Saturday’s event into a celebration.
Event co-organiser Quentin Smith said it was a great outcome for everyone who joined the effort to keep the land in the hands of the public.
“It’s not just a great outcome for the people of Bicheno that Lenny’s is secured forever, hopefully, but also for the people of Tasmania.
“We were inspired to do this after the Planning Matters Alliance meeting at Bicheno in early December – a lot of praise should go to them.”
Glamorgan Spring Bay mayor Michael Kent said the council would consider investing the money from the sale back into the Bicheno community.
“It will depend on people's requests, but we will certainly have a look,” he said.
“If there’s sufficient goodwill to put it somewhere in Bicheno we will give strong consideration to it.”