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New Tourism Master Plan for the TWWHA

Following extensive community consultation The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) Tourism Master Plan (TMP) has been finalised.

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Well-equipped walkers hiking in snow from Narcissus to Cynthia Bay, Lake St Clair.

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New video released – hypothermia signs, prevention and treatment

The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service’s new hypothermia video about spotting the signs, preventing the onset and the treatment of hypothermia if it does occur, is a must for bushwalking preparation and it takes you through the essential steps for a safe and enjoyable walking experience.

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Tasman Highway near Orford to be closed

To reach Maria Island and Freycinet National Parks, visitors from Hobart will need to drive via Lake Leake Road due to major rock works on the Tasman Highway near Orford.

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Planning to protect

Across the state planned burns have been underway. Well thought through, each plan prescribes the weather conditions necessary to achieve the goals of that particular burn.

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Comment invited Maria Island Management Planning

The public have been invited to comment on the Draft Maria Island National Park and Ile des Phoques Nature Reserve Management Planning and Draft Site Plan for the Darlington Probation Station World Heritage Site.

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Traditional carpentry methods used in restoration of Dove Lake Boatshed

The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has completed restoration works on the historic Dove Lake Boatshed at Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. PWS staff used traditional splitting methods when replacing the timber shingles that had deteriorated or been damaged over the years.

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Echo Point Jetty at Lake St Clair reopens

Bush walkers and tourists exploring Lake St Clair can now access Echo Point by boat following maintenance upgrades to the jetty to make the deck safer for users.

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Grants for Aboriginal Cultural Burning open

To support Tasmanian Aboriginal communities to engage in cultural burning practices and building capacity, applications are now open for the Cultural Burning Grants Program.

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Visitors asked to plan for overnight walks over Easter and school holidays

The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is calling on the community to plan ahead this Easter and school holiday period by registering for popular overnight walks, having a Plan B if their chosen walk is at capacity and following walker safety guidelines.

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Are campfires permitted?

New web pages are now online to explain campfire safety and restrictions.

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Fire crew have been busy, but not fighting fires

It has been a quiet fire season, but fire crews have been busy

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Camping platforms at Wild Dog Creek in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park complete

​People travelling together now have access to a group camping area as part of an extension to the existing Wild Dog Creek campsite in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park.

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Wineglass Bay second lookout now open

Visitors can now take in one of the most celebrated views in Tasmania from a new viewing platfrom with the completion of a second lookout at Wineglass Bay.

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World Wetlands Day 2021

The Tamar Island Wetlands Centre is inviting the community to participate in a number of fun, educational activities including a photography competition and scavenger hunt to mark World Wetlands Day 2021 this February.

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Winch training to help fight remote fires

​Twenty-five PWS fire fighters are undertaking winch training to enable rapid attack of fires where access is limited by remoteness, heavy timber or other landscape features.

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Hobart historical landmarks upgraded

Maintenance works at two of Tasmania’s most distinctive heritage landmarks, The Shot Tower and Richmond Gaol Historic Site, have been completed.

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Discovery Ranger summer program

The PWS encourages Tasmanians to treasure and explore the diversity of our reserves and natural spaces through the Discovery Ranger Program this summer holidays.

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Track Rangers prepare for busy summer

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service’s Track Rangers will soon be out and about at popular walking tracks across the state.

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Do you need to register your walk?

Before heading to your favourite overnight walk please check the list of locations that you must register for to ensure COVID-19 safe practices are met.

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Thermal Springs reopened to the public

​The Thermal Springs at Hastings Cave State Reserve has reopened the public following the completion of pool maintenance works.

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Changes to APCA driver passes from 2021

For the first time in six years, the price of the APCA recreational driver passes will increase by a few dollars from 1 January 2021.

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Campfire restrictions are in place

Seasonal campfire restrictions are now in place in many parks and reserves.

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Wineglass Bay works progressing

​Construction of a second lookout taking in the stunning views of Freycinet National Park at Wineglass Bay is on schedule for completion prior to Christmas.

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Making tracks to recovery

Teams of contractors are out in the Southwest National Park repairing the fire damaged tracks.

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Thermal Springs maintenance works underway

​The PWS will undertake maintenance work on the Thermal Springs at Hastings Caves State Reserve this month, with the pool aiming to reopen in December in time for the busy summer season.

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Remarkable Cave reopens to the public

Work to upgrade the staircase to one of the most iconic and photographed locations on the Tasman Peninsula - Remarkable Cave - is now complete.

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Tasmania Parks and Wildlife staff prepare for bushfire season

​Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is responsible for more than 50 per cent of the state’s land area and are well advanced with preparations for this year’s fire season.

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Community urged to protect shorebird habitat

The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is calling on the community to help protect vital shorebird habitat at the start of the bird breeding season.

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New management plans to future-proof Maria Island

​The community will be engaged in the development of revised management plans for Maria Island and its marine reserve that will ensure the heritage and natural values are protected.

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New shared use track at Freycinet National Park

​Walkers and cyclists will be able to safely move from the Freycinet National Park Visitor Centre to the Wineglass Bay carpark with the opening of a new shared use track.

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