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Safety alert: Lockdown advice for national parks and reserves in southern Tasmania
Applies from 15/10/2021

​​In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe, all visitor centres and public facilities in national parks and reserves will be closed within the southern municipalities announced by the Tasmanian Government from 6pm, Friday 15 October until 6pm, Monday 18 October. 

Parks and reserves will remain open during the period of the lockdown for exercise purposes only. 

Visitors should ensure they follow COVID-19 safe practices including maintaining physical distancing while using parks and reserves to exercise. 

The PWS will contact any visitors who have booked to begin overnight walks during this time, including those walkers on the Three Capes Track Experience.

For information visit the Coronavirus website​

Last reviewed 15/10/2021 04:49 PM


Eaglehawk Neck
Eaglehawk Neck - Arthur Highway (photograph: Andrea Turbett)

Arthur Highway – Eaglehawk Neck Safety Upgrade

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Alerts for Arthur Highway – Eaglehawk Neck Safety Upgrade

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Safety alert: Lockdown advice for national parks and reserves in southern Tasmania
Applies from 15/10/2021

​​In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe, all visitor centres and public facilities in national parks and reserves will be closed within the southern municipalities announced by the Tasmanian Government from 6pm, Friday 15 October until 6pm, Monday 18 October. 

Parks and reserves will remain open during the period of the lockdown for exercise purposes only. 

Visitors should ensure they follow COVID-19 safe practices including maintaining physical distancing while using parks and reserves to exercise. 

The PWS will contact any visitors who have booked to begin overnight walks during this time, including those walkers on the Three Capes Track Experience.

For information visit the Coronavirus website​

Last reviewed 15/10/2021 04:49 PM


​Arthur Highway – Eaglehawk Neck Safety Upgrade Project

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) invites public submissions on the proposed Arthur Highway Upgrade for Eaglehawk Neck.  The Department of State Growth (DSG) is proposing this upgrade which aims to increase road user safety, improve bus stop facilities, and provide a safe pedestrian crossing point at Old Jetty Road.

The Arthur Highway at Eaglehawk Neck has several identified risks, these include:

  • the existing carriageway width of approximately 5.6 metres is substandard for the current traffic volume;
  • the shoulders are unsealed, and there are no edge lines;
  • under the State Road Hierarchy, a road of this type, would expect to have a carriageway width of 8 metres, comprising 3-metre-wide traffic lanes and 1-metre-wide sealed shoulders;
  • the current pavement is near the end of its expected service life, with some defects present;
  • pedestrians are using the existing road.

  To address these identified risks, the following works are proposed:

  • widening the road cross section to be 3-metre-wide traffic lanes with a new safety barrier on the western side of the highway;
  • increasing the shoulder width in both directions;
  • the construction of an off-road path 1.5 metre-wide along the eastern side of the highway (between Old Jetty Road and Blowhole Road);
  • improving the road surface;
  • providing improved turning facilities at Blowhole Road;
  • improving lighting;
  • upgrading existing bus stop facilities;
  • provision of a revetment wall along Eaglehawk Bay to allow for the widening and to protect the highway from coastal erosion.

The initial design for the highway upgrade raised significant concerns with the Aboriginal community.  Following stakeholder consultation with Aboriginal community groups, DSG redesigned the highway upgrade to remove ground-disturbing activities in sensitive areas, particularly on the eastern side of the highway at Eaglehawk Neck.  An independent Aboriginal Heritage Assessment Report was commissioned by DSG and has been reviewed by Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania (the report has not been published due to it containing sensitive information about Aboriginal heritage values).

The Arthur Highway at Eaglehawk Neck is surrounded by several reserves that are managed by the PWS – Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site, Eaglehawk Bay-Flinders Bay Conservation Area and Pirates Bay Nature Recreation Area. The main impact to reserved land is the proposed widening of the Arthur Highway into Eaglehawk Bay. The widening is restricted to the western side of the highway to avoid cultural heritage values on the eastern side of the highway. It will result in the loss of a section of beach and a small amount of vegetation. DSG has estimated that the total reserve area to be impacted is approximately 4800m².​

Project Stages






Stage 1 -​​ Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and supporting documents accepted as suitable for public consultation.


Stage 2 - Public consultation process advertised in three regional papers. Draft EIS and supporting documents available on the 'Have your say' page of PWS website. 



Stage 3 - The period for making public submissions closed. Final EIS and submission report is prepared by proponent, addressing comments during the public consultation process.  


Stage 4 - Assessment of the final EIS completed and PWS prepares an Environmental Assessment Report (EAR) including the submissions report and public submissi​ons. 


Stage 5 - Final EIS, EAR, statement of reasons and public submissions published on the PWS website. 



Key Dates

Public Consultation period begins

  • ​Friday, 8th October 2021

Close of comment period

  • ​9 AM Monday, 8th November 2021

Final EIS assessment completed​ - To be confirmed

EIS, EAR and public submissions published​ - To be confirmed

Have your say 

The draft EIS and supporting documents can be viewed or downloaded from this page. 

To have your say Email a written submission to:

  • EaglehawkNeckHighwayUpgrade@parks.tas.gov.au

All written submissions on the EIA must be received by 9:00 AM Monday, 8th November 2021.  

Accessibility of documents
The Government recognises that not all individuals or groups are equally placed to access and understand information. We are therefore committed to ensuring Government information is accessible and easily understood by people with diverse communication needs.

Where possible, please consider typing your submission in plain English and providing it in a format such as Microsoft Word or equivalent. The Government cannot however take responsibility for the accessibility of documents provided by third parties.

Important information to note
Your name (or the name of the organisation) will be published unless you request otherwise.

In the absence of a clear indication that a submission is intended to be treated as confidential (or parts of the submission), the Department will treat the submission as public.

If you would like your submission treated as confidential, whether in whole or in part, please indicate this in writing at the time of making your submission clearly identifying the parts of your submission you want to remain confidential and the reasons why. In this case, your submission will not be published to the extent of that request.

Copyright in submissions remains with the author(s), not with the Tasmanian Government.

The Department will not publish, in whole or in part, submissions containing defamatory or offensive material. If your submission includes information that could enable the identification of other individuals, then either all or parts of the submission will not be published.

The Right to Information Act 2009 and confidentiality 

Information provided to the Government may be provided to an applicant under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI). If you have indicated that you wish all or part of your submission to be treated as confidential, your statement detailing the reasons may be taken into account in determining whether or not to release the information in the event of an RTI application for assessed disclosure. You may also be contacted to provide any further comment.

Reference Documents

 Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site Arthur Highway Upgrade Project Summary Document (PDF 2Mb)

 Consultation Summary Report (PDF 380Kb)

 Appendix A - Detailed Design Drawings (PDF 5Mb)

 Appendix B - Flora and Fauna Habitat Assessment (PDF 3Mb)

 Appendix C - Historic Heritage Assessment (PDF 8Mb)

 Appendix D - Land Tenure Sketch (PDF 453Kb)

 Appendix E - Archaeological Method Statement (PDF 3Mb)

 Apppendix F - Geomorphology Report including Intertidal Marine Natural Values Assessment (PDF 4Mb)

 Appendix G - Footprint of work - 2020 and 2021 design comparison (PDF 557Kb)

 Appendix H - Construction Environmental Management Plan (PDF 750Kb)