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Hartz Peak Track Closed

21/01/2019

PWS advises that the Hartz Peak Track in Hartz Mountains National Park has been closed until further notice due to increased fire risk.More

PWS Campfire restrictions extended statewide

21/01/2019

The Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is extending the current campfire restrictions statewide until further notice.More

PWS Fire update

20/01/2019

There are many fires currently burning in national parks and reserves in Tasmania, including the Southwest National Park and Southwest Conservation Area.More

Drones

Drone use in Tasmania’s national parks and reserves

The operation and use of drones on reserved land is not permitted unless specific written authority has been provided by the Parks and Wildlife Service.

Commonly referred to as drones, the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) is subject to requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), and when used on or over reserved land, governed by the National Parks and Reserved Land Regulations 2009.

Whilst Tasmania’s scenic parks and reserves may seem like the perfect location for drone use, the operation of drones raises several potential negative impacts:

  • Disturbance to wildlife and the potential to impact animal breeding patterns and behaviour, particularly birds (e.g. eagles and other raptors, shorebirds) 
  •  Impact on visitor experience 
  •  Privacy of park visitors 
  •  Safety issues; the potential for collision and impacting on helicopter and fire management operations. 

Exceptions

  • Commercial and event filming
  • Scientific research.

Drone operators must be certified and licensed by CASA to fly a drone before PWS will assess an application to use drones for commercial filming or scientific research. 

Reporting drone activity

For drone activity over reserved land, please contact Parks and Wildlife Service Enquiries on 1300 TASPARKS (1300 827 727) or email 

General drone activity can be reported to CASA.