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Seasonal campfire restrictions commence in national parks and reserves


Restrictions on campfires, pot fires and other solid fuel stoves will come in to place from Saturday 28th September at identified Parks and Wildlife Service campgrounds around the State to help reduce the risk of bushfires.More

Fly Neighbourly Advice for the Tasman National Park


Public comment is invited on the draft Tasman National Park Fly Neighbourly Advice. The draft Fly Neighbourly Advice has been prepared by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service in response to increasing air traffic over the Tasman National Park.More

Hybrid diesel-electric shuttle buses at Cradle Mountain - a first for National p


When you next visit Cradle Mountain you will be able to step aboard one of the new hybrid, diesel-electric, shuttle buses on your trip to Dove Lake. These new buses will reduce emissions and deliver a quieter, all mobility friendly, visitor experience.More

News Archive

December 2010

Triabunna, Orford and Maria Island Visitor Plan


Consultants Inspiring Place have been appointed to prepare a visitor plan for the Triabunna, Orford and Maria Island area.

Timely reminder about off-road driving


The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is reminding people that vehicles being driven off-road on reserved land must be registered and the drivers must hold a valid driver's licence, after a West Coast man appeared in court recently on related offences.

November 2010

New members for parks advisory council


Five appointments to the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council were announced today by Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, David O'Byrne.

New four-wheel drive permit system for the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area


Visitors to the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area are reminded that the new four-wheel drive track permit system comes into effect on the 1st of December this year.

Macquarie Island baiting program to continue


One of the planet's largest pest eradication projects is set to continue on World Heritage listed Macquarie Island.

Schouten Island caretakers wanted


The Parks and Wildlife Service is once again offering keen volunteers the opportunity to play host on their very own remote island this summer.

Temporary closure of the Bridport Wildflower Reserve for fuel reduction burning


The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) wishes to advise Bridport residents that a fuel reduction burn will be undertaken in the Bridport Wildflower Reserve today, 3 November 2010.

Comments sought on draft Pitt Water Nature Reserve Management Plan


The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, is seeking the views of the public on the management of the Pitt Water Nature Reserve in south-east Tasmania.

October 2010

Improved walking tracks and lookouts at The Nut


A significant upgrade of the walking tracks and lookouts has been completed at The Nut State Reserve at Stanley.

New off-road permit system for the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area


A new off-road permit system for the Arthur Pieman Conservation Area will be introduced on the 1st of December this year.

September 2010

Improving our parks on World Parks Day


The Minister for Tourism and Member for Bass, Michelle O'Byrne, marked World Parks Day on Saturday with the launch of track works to make to of Launceston's most popular reserves even more enjoyable for visitors.

New lessees for Low Head Pilot Station


The Parks and Wildlife Service has announced that a new lessee is set to commence commercial operations at the Low Head Pilot Station and Historic Site from 1 October, 2010.

August 2010

Maria Island flood damage repairs under way


Works worth nearly $1 million to repair storm-damaged infrastructure at the Maria Island National Park have begun this week, the Parks and Wildlife Service today announced.

Members sought for parks advisory body


Tasmanians have an opportunity to provide direct input in the management of the state's national parks by applying for a position on the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council.

July 2010

Caretakers sought for Fortescue Bay campground


The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is seeking caretakers to operate the Fortescue Bay campground in the Tasman National Park.

Early withdrawal of Macquarie Island Pest Eradication team


Unseasonal weather on Macquarie Island during June and July has hampered efforts to complete aerial baiting for the Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project and resulted in the decision to stop the baiting program for this year.

Early success For Tasman Island Restoration Project


The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) is not yet claiming success in its efforts to eradicate feral cats from Tasman Island, but says early results are very encouraging.

Mt Field - temporary interruption to power supply


Mt Field has received notification of a planned interruption to the power supply between 9am and 4pm, on Saturday 3 July 2010.

June 2010

Progress on Frenchmans Cap Track upgrade


A big summer of track work on the Frenchmans Cap Track has seen extensive track clearing, steps installed, new duckboard and double-planking, along with maintenance to bridges and Vera Hut.

Possum Creek Bridge replaced


The Possum Creek Bridge on the Sandy Cape Track in the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area, has been replaced.

May 2010

Consultation period extended on Arthur-Pieman Tracks


Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, David O'Byrne, said today that he was extending the consultation period on the Draft Arthur-Pieman Sustainable Recreational Vehicle Access Report by another month.

April 2010

Tasman Island Restoration Project


A project to restore the natural values of Tasman Island will begin next week with an aerial baiting program to eradicate cats from the island.

Waldheim Chalet preserved for the future


Tasmanian heritage conservation pioneer Gustav Weindorfer's replica cottage Waldheim at Cradle Mountain looks set to withstand the elements for decades to come when conservation works are complete.

Sarah Island yields its more of its secrets


Graffiti might be seen as a modern day urban scourge, but a recent archaeological excavation at Sarah Island has revealed that leaving one's tag on walls is an activity which hasn't lost its appeal through the centuries.

Pieman River dolphins


Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment staff will continue to monitor the Pieman River for any dolphins in distress, after successfully returning four dolphins to the ocean on Tuesday evening.

Dolphin stranding update


Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment staff have reported no further sightings at this stage of 11 of the dolphins returned into the Pieman River last night.

Dolphins stranded on West Coast


Parks and Wildlife Service staff (PWS) and marine specialists from the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) are assisting in the management of dolphins stranded in the Pieman River on the State's West Coast.

Sustainable vehicle access for the Arthur-Pieman


The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is seeking public feedback on recommendations aimed at improving the sustainability of recreational vehicle access in the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area on Tasmania's West Coast.

March 2010

Illegal wood gathering in reserves


As the winter season approaches the Parks and Wildlife Service is advising people to buy firewood from reputable vendors to help look after the environment.

Discover bush tucker cooking at Easter


Tasmanians are urged to get out and explore Tasmania's parks and reserves by joining in a Discovery Ranger activity over the Easter holiday break.

Changes at Cradle Mountain


Recent changes at Cradle Mountain include the opening of the extended visitor centre and a new Cradle manager for the Parks and Wildlife Service.

All hands on deck as countdown begins for Macquarie Island eradication


Walking into a very large freight shed at Macquarie Wharf and seeing the endless pallets of bagged Pestoff 20R bait, the scale of the Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project immediately hits home.

Track upgrade protects Mt Field's alpine area


Work is well under way on a major walking track upgrade in the Mt Field National Park alpine area. The focus of the works are the hardening of the current track from Lake Newdegate, across Newdegate Pass towards the Petersen memorial hut at K Col.

Parks planned burning program set to begin


The Parks and Wildlife Service plans to begin its autumn planned burning program this week.

Locals turn out to celebrate reconstruction of historic track bridges


The official opening on Saturday of two newly reconstructed bridges on the historic Warners Track in the Central Highlands was attended by more than 100 people who made the hour or more walk to the site from either Pine Valley or Jackeys Marsh.

February 2010

Major recruiting drive under way for Parks and Wildlife Service


The Parks and Wildlife Service had begun one of its largest ever recruiting drives, with up to 30 positions available around Tasmania.

Rain provides respite for fire fighters


Overnight rain on the Lake Mackintosh fire has temporarily cleared smoke from the Tullah and Rosebery areas, and allowed equipment abandoned by fire fighters earlier in the week to be flown from the fireground.

Cradle Mountain interim visitor centre improvements


Visitor services at Cradle Mountain are set to be improved with construction of extensions to the visitor centre under way this week.

New era for environmental protection at Cradle Mountain


The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Michelle O'Byrne, today officially opened the new Cradle Valley Centralised Sewage Treatment Plant at Cradle Mountain.

Mt Field closed temporarily due to fire threat


Mt Field National Park is closed temporarily as of this afternoon and will remain closed tomorrow, Wednesday, 3 February, as a precaution due to the Wayatinah fire. There is no immediate threat to the park.

Lake Mackintosh and Sardine Creek fires update


The public should be aware of continued smoke impacts in Cradle Valley, Moina, Eriba, Tullah, Hampshire and Roseberry due to bushfires in the area.

January 2010

Lake Mackintosh and Western Explorer fire update


The public travelling on the West Coast should be aware that there are fire crews working on the Western Explorer road and there may be poor visibility due to smoke.

Cradle Mountain track upgrades under way


Visitors to Cradle Mountain in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area will enjoy better access to the park's stunning environment as a result of upgrades to popular walking tracks which began this week.