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Celebrating the achievements of landcarers

04/12/2017

The Tamar Island Wetland Cares Volunteer Group has been recognised in the 2017 Landcare Tasmania Awards.More

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

Maria Island wildlife management program completed

04/07/2008

The cull of kangaroos and wallabies on Maria Island has been successfully completed by officers from the Parks and Wildlife Service and Department of Primary Industries and Water.

Parks and Wildlife Service general manager, Peter Mooney said that a total of 463 macropods were culled during the four day operation.

"This number is slightly more than intended, however the number of animals planned to be culled was increased due to the advice of the veterinarian present during the cull," Mr Mooney said.

"The observing veterinarian had concerns that a large proportion of the animals in the Darlington area were in an extremely emaciated condition and likely to suffer starvation.

"Therefore the veterinarian recommended that the animals needed to be culled humanely to prevent them starving over the next two months.
Mr Mooney said this situation resulted from the exceptionally dry conditions prevailing over the past year.
"We know that culling of kangaroos and wallabies is an emotive issue in some sections of the community, however, the situation on Maria Island is unique among our parks and reserves.

"Our responsibility is to maintain the biodiversity of the island while also looking after the welfare of the animals on the island."

Public access to the island is no longer restricted. However, the regular ferry service to the island does not resume until 20 July.