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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

Record visitor numbers at Highfield Historic Site

09/05/2018

Visitation numbers at Highfield Historic Site in Stanley have reached a record high, with 12,535 visitors recorded in the 12 months ending March 2018. This is the highest number of visitors since the tally began in 2004 and comes at a time in which significant investment has been made into conservation works at the site, managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service.


The recent $150,000 investment is funded by the Tourism Infrastructure in Parks program and contributes to ongoing restoration and preservation projects. 


Major improvement works undertaken include rust treating and painting, electrical upgrades, guttering and plumbing, replacement of doors and windows, masonry repairs, lath and plaster stabilisation and the laying of a new Tasmanian oak floor in the 1844 kitchen. The old school room has also received a much-needed makeover.


Draft plans for new amenities in the barn building and waste water design have also been produced and a new septic system is set to be installed.


Conservation works began in December 2017 and the remaining projects are due to be finalised in the coming months.


The Highfield Historic Site provides a historically accurate vision of the original 1830s residential estate, with superb views across The Nut and Bass Strait. It is a major attraction in the State’s North-West and plays an important role in our booming tourism industry.