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New lease of life for original lighthouse vents

15/05/2018

As part of the ongoing conservation of the Cape Bruny and Maatsuyker Island lighthouses, a team effort has been underway to restore the original bronze vents from the lighthouses' lantern rooms.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 people visiting in the 12 months ending March 2018.More

Cradle Mountain shuttle bus tender awarded

08/05/2018

A new bus fleet featuring environmentally friendly technology and vehicles with improved accessibility and increased capacity will help to meet increasing visitor numbers following the awarding of the tender to McDermott Coaches.More

Geoheritage

Geoconservation

Geoconservation aims to preserve the natural diversity of our non-living environment (our geodiversity).

Pedra Branca Island

Pedra Branca Island

Geoconservation is an essential part of bioconservation, as geodiversity provides the variety of environments and environmental pressures which directly influence biodiversity. For example, a tiny rock out in the middle of the Tasman Sea called Pedra Branca Rock, is the only place in the world where the Pedra Branca skink lives. Without this landform this skink would not exist.

However, geoconservation does not focus solely on the importance of non-living things in conserving biological systems, but is also based on the premise that geodiversity has important conservation values of its own, independant of any role in sustaining living things.

Further, our geodiversity, such as delicate fossil sites, karst systems, coastal dunes systems and peats soils can be fragile.

The Biodiversity and Conservation Branch of the Department of Primary Industries and Water (DPIW) has developed the principles of geoconservation in considerable detail. See the DPIW web site for details of the Concepts and Principles of Geoconservation.