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Campfire restrictions extended due to increasing fire risk

19/01/2018

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

16/01/2018

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

05/01/2018

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

Eleven whales rescued In Tasmania's north-west

24/11/2008

Eleven pilot whales have survived a mass stranding at Stanley on Tasmania's north-west coast.

The Parks and Wildlife Service's Parks and Reserves West Coast manager, Chris Arthur, said the 11 whales had been successfully returned to the water at Godfrey's Beach at Stanley.

"The rescue efforts started early this morning and we transferred 12 pilot whales 17 kilometres from where they became stranded at Anthony's Beach to Godfrey's Beach.

"Unfortunately one whale died as we were returning it to the water.

"The efforts of the volunteers and the Circular Head community has been outstanding."

About 60 volunteers and staff from the Parks and Wildlife Service and the Department of Primary Industries and Water were involved in the rescue effort which began yesterday.

Mr Arthur said the surviving whales were a mixture of young and old whales.

He said satellite trackers had been placed on some of the whales.

"We will also have a reconnaissance plane fly over the area tomorrow morning to check on the progress of the whales," Mr Arthur said.

Fifty-three whales died in the stranding.

Mr Arthur said samples had been taken from the dead whales and a mass burial would be arranged.