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Campfire restrictions extended due to increasing fire risk


In the interests of public safety, the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has brought in extensive campfire restrictions as the fire risk continues to increase this summer.More

Improved toilet facilities at Bruny Island


The Parks and Wildlife Service has completed work on a new toilet facility at the Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve.More

Further upgrade to South Coast Track


The South Coast Track is one of Tasmania's great bushwalks, and the completion of recent upgrades has significantly improved the user experience along the track before the start of the peak walking season.More

Call for Maatsuyker Island volunteers


Caretakers and weather observers are being sought for the Parks and Wildlife Service Maatsuyker Island volunteer register.

Appointments are for four months with transport and accommodation to the island provided. An allowance will be paid by the Bureau of Meteorology for weather observations.

Two "Maatites" will be appointed for each stint and will need to be self-sufficient, have a current first aid certificate and undertake weather observation training. Understandably they will need to work well together.

Duties include basic land management, building and plant maintenance and weather observations.

The first four-month time slot is planned to begin on 6th February 2006 with a one-month (half time) induction and training prior to the starting date.

Maatsuyker is not a place for everyone. It's isolated, wild and windswept and in the front line of weather systems hitting Tasmania from the Southern Ocean.

It sits 10km off the southern coast of Tasmania within the Maatsuyker group of islands and its fully automated lighthouse, Australia's southern-most light, performs a vital service for shipping.

The island is 3km long, about 1.5km wide and covers 180ha. It is within the Southwest National Park and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. It supports a variety of flora and fauna but is best known for its bountiful birdlife.

Maatsuyker offers a unique lifestyle and there is a 20 per cent return rate for "Maatites" with at least five couples going back for a second run.

Anyone contemplating a sojourn should take a supply of books and their knitting! A camera is also essential.

An information package to be read prior to submitting an application can be downloaded (PDF 93Kb) or, contact Albert Thompson at the Parks and Wildlife Service, Huonville, Tasmania, on (03) 6264 8464, or by e-mail to Albert.Thompson@parks.tas.gov.au.

Expressions of interest close on Friday 9th September 2005.