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Campfire restrictions extended due to increasing fire risk

19/01/2018

In the interests of public safety, the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has brought in extensive campfire restrictions as the fire risk continues to increase this summer.More

Improved toilet facilities at Bruny Island

16/01/2018

The Parks and Wildlife Service has completed work on a new toilet facility at the Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve.More

Further upgrade to South Coast Track

05/01/2018

The South Coast Track is one of Tasmania's great bushwalks, and the completion of recent upgrades has significantly improved the user experience along the track before the start of the peak walking season.More

The Healthy Parks, Healthy People Philosophy





Photos by Steve Johnson
The Healthy Parks Healthy People program was developed by Parks Victoria in 2000 to encourage increased visitation to parks and gardens by highlighting their health benefits. More recently, the ground-breaking International Healthy Parks Healthy People Congress, held in 2010, drew together a wide range of research revealing that the benefits of exposure to the natural environment go well beyond the physical.

The Healthy Parks, Healthy People Program has engendered considerable resonance and support from an growing number of Australian and international reserved land management bodies, including the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service.

In addition to the obvious role that parks and reserves play as venues for physical activity and the resultant health outcomes, it is clear that these benefits extend to economic, educational, social and spiritual health.

Natural environments are invaluable as a refuge from the stresses of urban living, a place to reconnect with our own natural heritage, as living classrooms for children to explore Nature, and as natural sanctuaries for spiritual nourishment.

A growing body of evidence suggests that we experience a greater sense of health and well-being, of connection and meaning when immersed in the living systems that sustain us.

With over half of Tasmania protected in national parks and reserves, the State offers abundant opportunities for people to experience the benefits of being immersed in the natural environment. From ancient rainforest and towering tall forests to empty beaches and rugged mountains, from wilderness to easy walking trails, there is a place for everyone.

The development of the Healthy Parks, Healthy People Philosophy continues. For links to further information, see the Healthy Parks Healthy People Central website, which builds on the momentum of Healthy Parks Healthy People initiative of Parks Victoria and provides an online resource dedicated to spreading the Healthy Parks, Healthy People message globally.