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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

Maria Island wildlife management program completed


The cull of kangaroos and wallabies on Maria Island has been successfully completed by officers from the Parks and Wildlife Service and Department of Primary Industries and Water.

Parks and Wildlife Service general manager, Peter Mooney said that a total of 463 macropods were culled during the four day operation.

"This number is slightly more than intended, however the number of animals planned to be culled was increased due to the advice of the veterinarian present during the cull," Mr Mooney said.

"The observing veterinarian had concerns that a large proportion of the animals in the Darlington area were in an extremely emaciated condition and likely to suffer starvation.

"Therefore the veterinarian recommended that the animals needed to be culled humanely to prevent them starving over the next two months.
Mr Mooney said this situation resulted from the exceptionally dry conditions prevailing over the past year.
"We know that culling of kangaroos and wallabies is an emotive issue in some sections of the community, however, the situation on Maria Island is unique among our parks and reserves.

"Our responsibility is to maintain the biodiversity of the island while also looking after the welfare of the animals on the island."

Public access to the island is no longer restricted. However, the regular ferry service to the island does not resume until 20 July.