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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

Productive summer on the Overland Track

27/06/2017

The Overland Track's summer works program has seen gains in sanitation, historic heritage conservation works and track improvements.


Northwest Region manager Nic Deka, said the works are funded directly from the Overland Track fee which also provides for the team of Overland Track rangers.


"Their efforts make a huge difference to the walkers' experience with the rangers doing day to day chores such as clearing grease traps and cleaning toilets, while also providing information to walkers," Mr Deka said.


The past summer saw Old Pelion Hut come in for some attention ahead of marking its centenary in September this year. It was built in 1917 for the mining manager who oversaw works in the Pelion Plains area until 1921. PWS staff worked with volunteers from the Mountain Huts Preservation Society for three days on a range of conservation works.


Scott-Kilvert Hut also received some much needed attention from contractors AJR Construct, who spent a week at the hut completing structural repairs along with internal and external maintenance.


At Pine Valley, four new camping platforms were built and the toilet was converted to a zero discharge fly-out system, a massive improvement on the previous design.


Mr Deka said legendary track workers Rob Zanus and Rob Boyes, have continued their highly skilled work, this year focusing on installing fibreglass reinforced plastic (FRP) boardwalk and stairs in eroded sections of track around Mt Doris on the track to Mt Ossa.


"At 1617 metres, Mt Ossa is Tasmania's highest mountain and it's a popular side trip along the Overland Track. Work was also completed on sections of rock work on the Mt Ossa track and double planking towards Kia Ora hut."


About 9,000 people walked the Overland Track in 2016, an increase of nine per cent over 2015.

Productive summer on the Overland Track

The new toilet at Pine Valley.

Productive summer on the Overland Track

A section of new track from Pelion Gap towards Mt Doris.