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New picnic facilities for Penny's Lagoon

08/08/2018

The Parks and Wildlife Service has completed the construction of a new picnic shelter at Penny's Lagoon within the Lavinia State Reserve on King Island.
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Celebrating World Ranger Day

31/07/2018

The work of Tasmania's rangers is vital in the daily management of our 19 national parks and more than 800 reserves, encompassing approximately 50 per cent of the State.
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Southwest ecological burns important for orange-bellied parrot conservation

22/03/2018

Planned ecological burns in Southwest National Park will help regenerate important habitat areas for the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot.More

Redeveloped Lake Tahune Hut now open

12/04/2018

A locally designed and built, energy-efficient and sustainable hut is now welcoming bushwalkers at Lake Tahune on the Frenchmans Cap Track in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, further cementing Tasmania’s reputation as one of the best places on the planet for wilderness walking.


The opening of the redeveloped Tahune Hut is the culmination of a 10-year project, generously co-funded through donations to the Wildcare Gift Fund by Dick and Pip Smith, to improve the Frenchmans Cap walking track experience.


The new hut was designed by Hobart architects Green Designs, who developed the energy-efficient design to meet the demands and requirements of the site with construction undertaken by Westbury-based Valley Workshops.


In a first for a bushwalking hut in Tasmania, the innovative design is energy efficient, using a micro-hydro system to power the heating and lighting, providing an environmentally friendly alternative to flying in gas or coal for heating.


The redeveloped hut will provide accommodation for 24 walkers and additional deck area will ensure better amenities while improving environmental sustainability.


With the project now complete, the amenities along the track are commensurate with the world-class experience visitors expect of one of Tasmania’s great wilderness walks.


In the wake of these upgrades and to manage the demands and expectations of visitors, the Draft Frenchmans Cap Recreation Zone Plan 2018 has now been released for public comment. The draft will help guide discussion on future management of the area to ensure this walk continues to deliver high quality and sustainable experiences into the future.