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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

Join in World Wetlands Day celebrations


The Tamar Island Wetlands Centre will host a range of free activities on Tuesday 2 February 2016 to celebrate World Wetlands Day.

Parks and Wildlife Service business enterprise coordinator, Ambalika Travica, said World Wetlands Day is celebrated internationally and this year’s theme is ‘Wetlands for our future: Sustainable Livelihoods’.

The Parks and Wildlife Service will also celebrate the centenary of national parks and reserves in Tasmania throughout 2016, with Mount Field and Freycinet proclaimed the first national parks in Tasmania in 1916.

“Tamar Island Wetlands Centre and reserve is located just 10 minutes from Launceston and is a vital wetlands managed by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service,” Ms Travica said.

“It is part of the greater Tamar River Conservation area and is an integral part of the environment, being a highly productive ecosystem. 

“Wetlands not only act as ‘kidneys’ to filter pollutants from the water, they also act as a sponge and help to stem flooding during periods of high rainfall. Wetlands also provide an important habitat for many birds, mammals, frogs, fish and invertebrates.”

Tamar Island Wetlands Centre is open 364 days a year and is staffed entirely by volunteers.

A 1.5km boardwalk suitable for prams and wheelchairs winds through the channels to Tamar Island. Facilities include barbecue and picnic facilities, drinking water and toilets.

For detailed information about World Wetlands Day 2016 activities, phone the centre on 6327 3964 or go to www.parks.tas.gov.au/events for a full program.