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Sustainable Timber Tasmania and Parks and Wildlife Service announce road opening


Florentine Road and Arve Road (to the Hartz Mountain junction) are officially reopened to the public.More

Easter safety is paramount for our parks and reserves


The Parks and Wildlife Service encourages visitors and Tasmanians alike to get outdoors and get active - especially in our parks and reserves.More

Good news, Hartz Mountain National Park and other tracks are open!


In time for Easter walking, PWS have been able to re-open a number of tracks.More

Reminder that PWS campfire restrictions are still in place - Mon 28 January 2019


While the Total Fire Ban (TFB) ended at 2am this morning, PWS would like to remind everyone that campfire restrictions are still in place across all national parks, reserves and Crown Land state-wide until further notice.

These restrictions are in place due to elevated soil dryness and the risk of new fire starts, at a time when there is significant number of fires already burning. 

But what does that mean for you?

It means that while these restrictions are in place, campfires, pot stoves and any fuel stove that burn coal, wood or plant material is NOT permitted.

However, provided the ground is cleared for 3m around the stove, and there is a water source of at least 10 litres for firefighting, the following are permitted to be used with caution:

 • Gas stoves and gas barbecues 

 • Liquid fuel stoves using shellite and methylated spirits.

 • On remote bushwalking tracks and routes liquid fuel stoves can be used in accordance with Leave No Trace principles www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=406, provided a container of water is at hand for firefighting. 

These restrictions are in place as sparks, embers and disposal of ash from campfires, pot stoves and fuel stoves that burn wood or plant materials can provide an ignition source.

But please remember, on days where TFB’s are in place, ALL outdoor fires are banned except electric stoves and barbeques, and gas barbecues provided they are cleared of flammable material for at least one meter. Other barbecues and portable stoves including those that use wood, charcoal or other solid or liquid fuel (trangias etc.) are banned. For more information visit www.fire.tas.gov.au

Our priority is community and visitor safety so we ask for your help in following these directions as in the current dry conditions, campfires can easily escape, spread rapidly, are difficult to control and threaten people in campgrounds and nearby communities.