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Horsetail Falls walk now open

15/11/2017

Visitors to the West Coast are in for some spectacular views on the new Horsetail Falls walk near Queenstown.More

Bruny Island Neck lookout re-opens

10/11/2017

The walkways and lookout at the Bruny Island Neck will re-open to the public today, following the completion of a new, larger car park that will provide improved access to the popular lookout.More

Maintaining vigilance with campfires

03/11/2017

Parks and Wildlife Service staff have thanked the many campers who have heeded the restrictions placed on campfires and pot fires, but ask that park and reserve visitors continue to take care while the fire risk remains high in certain areas of the State.More

News Archive

December 2007

Interpretation and heritage upgrade for Richmond Gaol

21/12/2007

The unique heritage values of the old Richmond Gaol have been preserved and protected by a major conservation project.

Work starts on $12 million sewage treatment plant

14/12/2007

Construction of a new $12 million sewage treatment plant using best practice technology to meet the future needs of a booming tourism location started today.

Roadworks at Narawntapu National Park

10/12/2007

Major roadworks have begun at Narawntapu National Park ahead of the busy holiday season.

Packers Spur fire will continue to be monitored

07/12/2007

The Packers Spur fire was ignited by a lightning strike on the 7th of December 2007. Since then the fire has made several runs on days of high fire danger and has currently burnt 4500 ha. The "Hilton hut" at Adamsfield was the only structural loss.

Opportunity to Celebrate Our World Class Wilderness

07/12/2007

Tasmanians are being encouraged to enjoy free access to some of the state's most popular national parks tomorrow
as part of celebrations marking 25 years of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Windy Ridge Hut replacement out to tender

07/12/2007

The replacement of Windy Ridge hut on the Overland Track has been put out to tender by the Parks and Wildlife Service.

Hut wardens celebrate 10 years of caring for wilderness walkers

06/12/2007

Overland Track walkers will once again find welcoming advice and support on their first overnight stop at Waterfall Valley with start of the Overland Track Hut Warden program this week.

Tenders sought for Maria Island ferry operations

04/12/2007

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (TPWS) is seeking tenders from operators to provide a minimum level of passenger ferry service to Maria Island National Park year round for the next three years.

Education package to protect backyard bandicoots

04/12/2007

A new teaching package has been launched to encourage students and the community to help protect the threatened eastern barred bandicoot in Tasmania.

Conservation volunteers earn praise

04/12/2007

Conservation project volunteers were today singled out as the champions of helping protect reserves managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) in the state's north.

Rain welcome at Packers Spur fire

04/12/2007

Fire-fighters from the Parks and Wildlife Service, Tasmania Fire Service and Forestry Tasmania received welcome rain on Sunday night and Monday, greatly assisting their work to control a peat fire in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

November 2007

Volunteers train for whale strandings

30/11/2007

Tasmanians will be better placed to respond to future whale strandings following recent training for volunteers at hot spots for strandings around the State.

Efforts continue to contain Packers Spur fire

29/11/2007

Firefighters from the Parks and Wildlife Service, Tasmania Fire Service and Forestry Tasmania are continuing their work to control a fire in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The fire is burning in Adamsfield Conservation Area, Franklin-Gordon

Overnight rain helps crews fighting Packers Spur fire

21/11/2007

Overnight rain and cooler temperatures have halted the spread of a fire within the Adamsfield Conservation Area west of Maydena.

Hastings Caves celebrates 90th anniversay with open day

21/11/2007

One of southern Tasmania's top natural visitor destinations is celebrating its 90th anniversary this month.

Adamsfield Conservation Area fire update

20/11/2007

Parks and Wildlife Service remote area fire fighters continue to work to suppress a fire within the Adamsfield Conservation Area west of Maydena.

Adamsfield fire update

20/11/2007

Parks and Wildlife Service remote area fire fighters are continuing their work to suppress a fire in the Adamsfield Conservation Area west of Maydena.

Fire in Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage Area

19/11/2007

Parks and Wildlife Service remote area fire crews are fighting a fire in buttongrass moorland on Packers Spur in the Adamsfield Conservation Area, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Celebrating Our World Heritage Area Custodians

12/11/2007

The Minister for Tourism, Arts and the Environment, Paula Wriedt, has paid tribute to the many Tasmanians who have played a role in the first 25 years of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Maria Island ferry operations

02/11/2007

The Minister for Tourism, Arts and the Environment, Paula Wriedt, today said ongoing provision of ferry services to Maria Island National Park would be provided to the public on an open market approach, with financial support available over the winter mon

October 2007

Open Day at Coningham Nature Recreation Area (NRA)

31/10/2007

There was an enthusiastic response to the Friends of Coningham Nature Recreation Area's Open Day.

Cooperative burning on the West Coast

30/10/2007

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) in conjunction with Forestry Tasmania (FT) has taken advantage of fine weather conditions to continue cooperative, strategic fuel reduction burns on the West Coast as the fire season rapidly approaches.

Volunteer campground hosts wanted

22/10/2007

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is seeking volunteer campground hosts at Cockle Creek and Melaleuca in the Southwest National Park and at Schouten Island in Freycinet National Park for short periods in the coming summer.

Dombrovskis images celebrate Tasmania's world class wilderness

10/10/2007

The iconic images of the world-renowned wilderness photographer Peter Dombrovskis are the feature of a showcase exhibition to mark the start of the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA).

September 2007

Tracks reopen in Douglas-Apsley National Park

26/09/2007

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has reopened areas of the Douglas-Apsley National Park on Tasmania's East Coast following a major fuel reduction burn.

Opportunity to comment on World Heritage Area Plan

18/09/2007

Public comment on an update to the 1999 Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan is being sought.

Parks and Wildlife Service trainees graduate

18/09/2007

Thirteen young people have celebrated the successful completion of a two year trainee program with the Parks and Wildlife Service.

Track closures in Douglas-Apsley National Park

07/09/2007

Access to the Douglas-Apsley National Park on Tasmania's East Coast has been restricted with the continuation of a major program of fuel reduction burning today.

Burning of buttongrass plains

06/09/2007

Forestry Tasmania (FT) and the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) will today begin burning of sections of the Gordon buttongrass plains, north of the Gordon River Road in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Innovative interpretation features in new Highfield experience

05/09/2007

Highfield Historic Site at Stanley is set to attract more visitors with an innovative and engaging interpretation project.

Macquarie Island pest removal underway

04/09/2007

Highly skilled dog trainers are being encouraged to register their interest in getting involved in a major rabbit and rodent eradication program for Tasmania's World Heritage listed Macquarie Island.

August 2007

New shelter for Hartz Mountains

31/08/2007

A new shelter for visitors to the Hartz Mountains National Park will enhance the experience for visitors, allowing them to enjoy the beauty of the area while remaining sheltered from the weather.

Maria Island access

28/08/2007

The Minister for Tourism, Arts and the Environment, Paula Wriedt, said today she is confident there will be options available for visitors to access Maria Island National Park.

Parks begins spring burning program

24/08/2007

The Parks and Wildlife Service has begun its spring burning program with a large burn in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area today.

Temporary closure of parks facilities

24/08/2007

A number of parks facilities sustained damage due to storms and flooding in early August and as a result access or use is limited at certain sites.

World class advice on Tasmanian wilderness

21/08/2007

The Minister for Tourism, Arts and the Environment, Paula Wriedt, has welcomed the appointment of respected conservationist Michael Lynch to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Consultative Committee (TWWHACC).

Maatsuyker volunteers sought

20/08/2007

The Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking self-sufficient volunteers able to withstand the buffeting of the Roaring Forties for a four month stint at Australia's southernmost lighthouse on Maatsuyker Island.

Trevallyn Reserve partnership sows the seeds for a green future

10/08/2007

A new partnership between the Friends of Trevallyn Reserve, Riverside Scouts and Cubs and the Parks and Wildlife Service to undertake a range of environmental projects will benefit the Trevallyn Nature Reserve in Launceston.

New Southport facilities open for use.

06/08/2007

The new Lagoon Track and camping facilities in the Southport Lagoon Conservation Area will open this weekend, providing a sustainable experience for four wheel drive enthusiasts.

Cormiston Creek bridge to provide walking track link

01/08/2007

A new walking track linking the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre to the suburb of Riverside is closer to being a reality with the construction of a bridge across Cormiston Creek.

July 2007

New look advisory council begins work

16/07/2007

Respected transport economist and environmental management lecturer Bob Cotgrove is the new chair of the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council (NPWAC).

Open day celebrates re-opening of Lady Barron Falls track

13/07/2007

An open day will be held at Mt Field National Park on Saturday, 14 July to celebrate the re-opening of the Lady Barron Falls track after a major construction project.

Rare giant squid on the road to Hobart

12/07/2007

The rare giant squid washed up on the State's remote West Coast is the fourth found in Tasmania in the month of July in the past 21 years.

June 2007

Macquarie Island Eradication Plan

04/06/2007

The Minister for Tourism, Arts and the Environment, Paula Wriedt, today said the eradication of rabbits and rats on Macquarie Island will ensure the World Heritage Area maintains its outstanding global conservation, geological, ecological and scientific v

May 2007

Feasibility study gives Tasman walk the thumbs-up

23/05/2007

The development of a world-class bushwalk track on the Tasman Peninsula has moved a step closer, with a feasibility study released yesterday strongly endorsing the project.

Investment opportunity at historic Low Head

21/05/2007

The Tasmanian Government is seeking expressions of interest for the commercial operation of one of Tasmania's most significant historic maritime sites.

Changes to Overland Track fee

08/05/2007

The peak season fee for walking Tasmania's iconic Overland Track will rise this year by $50 from November 1st.

Latest track information

03/05/2007

A number of tracks at Mt Roland have re-opened following their closure last month due to a bushfire.

April 2007

Fire threat eases but tracks remain closed

20/04/2007

Rain has eased the threat from two bushfires however some walking tracks at Mt Roland remain closed.

Walking tracks remain closed due to fires

13/04/2007

Walking tracks at Mt Roland in the State's north remain closed due to a bushfire.

Long fires season continues

11/04/2007

Parks crews are battling blazes at Mt Roland and Snug Tiers.

March 2007

Southwest campground and tracks reopen

28/03/2007

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has reopened the Huon campground and all walking tracks within Southwest National Park.

Rescue Team Guides Last Whales To Open Water

11/03/2007

The whale rescue team working at Macquarie Harbour has escorted the last two surviving sperm whales out to open water.

Successful rescue of three sperm whales

10/03/2007

The whale rescue team working to free a pod of male sperm whales trapped in Macquarie Harbour has been able guide three more to open water.

Rain eases fire threat but tracks, campground remain closed

09/03/2007

Overnight rain and the prospect of significant falls next week have eased the fire threat in the Southwest National Park but walking tracks and the Huon campground near Scotts Peak Dam remain closed.

Two whales leave Macquarie Harbour

09/03/2007

Rescuers have managed to herd two members of a pod of eight sperm whales trapped in Macquarie Harbour back to open water.

Closure of campground due to bushfire

05/03/2007

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has closed the Huon Campground in the Southwest National Park because of bushfire. The PWS has relocated one camper and will reassess the status of all sites and tracks in the area tomorrow, when more favourable...

Walkers asked to respect track closures for safety

02/03/2007

Bushwalkers are being asked to respect the closure of tracks due to bushfires, for their own safety.

February 2007

Remote area crews to join fire effort in Southwest

27/02/2007

Remote area fire fighters will be flown into the Southwest National Park today to try to halt a large bushfire from impacting on previously unburnt alpine, rainforest and coniferous vegetation communities.

Cradle Mountain open for visitors

23/02/2007

Most popular walking tracks at Cradle Mountain are open although a bushfire which started from a lightning strike a week ago remains uncontained.

Tracks remain closed due to uncontained fires

21/02/2007

Fires sparked by lightning strikes on February 16 resulted in the closure of walking tracks at Cradle Mountain and in the Southwest National Park. The fires remain uncontained and the track closures remain in place for public safety.

Fires close tracks in the Southwest and at Cradle Mountain

19/02/2007

Fires sparked by lightning strikes on February 16 have resulted in the closure of walking tracks in the Southwest and at Cradle Mountain.

Hastings pool re-opens

16/02/2007

The thermal pool at Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs has re-opened following a temporary closure for essential maintenance.

Temporary closure of Hastings pool

09/02/2007

The Hastings Thermal Pool will closed from February 9, 2007 for approximately one week to carry out essential maintenance.
The Hastings Caves and barbecue and picnic facilities at the site are open.

Public input sought on female factory conservation plan

05/02/2007

Public comment is being sought on a draft conservation management plan for the Cascades Female Factory.

Discovery Ranger activities celebrate World Wetlands Day

01/02/2007

A variety of Discovery Ranger activities around Tasmania's parks and reserves will help to celebrate the importance of wetlands on World Wetlands Day, this Friday, February 2.

January 2007

New Hartz visitor shelter under construction

31/01/2007

A new visitor shelter and toilet facility in the Hartz Mountains National Park will provide a much-needed facility during bad weather and comfort stop for visitors.

Cradle Mountain fire contained

31/01/2007

A fire near Cradle Mountain that began two weeks ago is now contained.

New Hartz shelter takes shape

25/01/2007

Huonville ranger Phil Bradley received a positive response from a community representative when visiting the site of the new Hartz Mountains visitor shelter recently.

All tracks open at Cradle Mountain

24/01/2007

All tracks at Cradle Mountain, including the Overland Track and side tracks, are open, following an easing of the recent fire threat.

Cradle fire threat eases but fire remains uncontained

22/01/2007

Light rain over the weekend has halted the spread of a bushfire in the Fury Gorge near Cradle Mountain, allowing the re-opening of the Overland Track and popular day walks in the area.

Overnight rain eases fire threat

20/01/2007

Overnight rain has given fire fighters tackling a bushfire covering about 85 hectares in Fury Gorge, about 10 kilometres west of Cradle Mountain, a temporary reprieve.

Walkers resume Trek at Cradle Mountain

20/01/2007

Walkers have been allowed along the Overland Track from midday today following overnight rain, which has eased but not removed the threat of a bushfire burning at Fury Gorge, west of Cradle Mountain.

Fire in Cradle Mountain National Park

19/01/2007

The northern section of the Overland Track will be closed from today until further notice due to a fire burning approximately 10 kilometres due west of Cradle Mountain. Popular day walks near Cradle Mountain, including the Dove Lake Circuit remain open.

Update on fire at Cradle Mountain

19/01/2007

Approximately 85 walkers on the Overland Track north of Pelion Hut have been successfully relocated further south along the track due to a wild fire burning at Fury Gorge.

Ross Female Factory past uncovered

12/01/2007

They may not be the BBC Time Team, but a group of archaeologists from around Australia and the United Kingdom are uncovering Tasmania's past at the Ross Female Factory.

Strahan blaze closes roads, campgrounds

05/01/2007

A serious bushfire has forced the closure of roads and camping grounds in the Strahan area on Tasmania's West Coast.