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Exciting new proposal for Tasmania's South East Cape

16/10/2017

Award-winning local tourism operator Ian Johnstone can now progress a new project to lease and licence negotiations under the Tourism Opportunities in Tasmania's National Parks, Reserves and Crown Land process.More

Wineglass Bay track upgrade complete

16/10/2017

One of Tasmania's most iconic tourism experiences, the walk to Wineglass Bay from the lookout to the beach, has now re-opened after a $500,000 upgrade initiated through the Government's Tourism Infrastructure in Parks fund.
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Tourism opportunity for Tasman Island

12/10/2017

Tourists could soon enjoy the beautiful Tasman National Park from the air, as a change to the management plan could open it up for sensitive and appropriate aircraft access.More

Cooperative fuel reduction burning underway

22/04/2009

The Parks and Wildlife Service has begun a series of fuel reduction burns around the State to minimise the risk of severe bushfires.

Parks and Wildlife Service fire operations manager Adrian Pyrke said the autumn burns are part of reducing fuel loads around Tasmania.

"This program occurs each autumn and spring and will be completed as soon as fuel and weather conditions permit," Mr Pyrke said.

"The objective is to create corridors of low fuel loads to help prevent large bushfires."

A fuel reduction burn of about 1800 hectares along the Lake Leake Road involving state reserve and conservation area as well as State Forest will be undertaken on Wednesday and Thursday. About 30 fire fighters from the three agencies will be involved.

Mr Pyrke said fuel management is a fundamental responsibility of all land managers and assists in reducing the potential for damaging bushfires and making them easier and safer for fire fighters to control.

"Fuel reduction burns improve public safety by reducing the risk and severity of bushfires. This type of burning is low-intensity, so the smoke can affect ground-level air quality, however efforts will be made to limit the impact of smoke on populated areas."

Significant stakeholders such as the wine, tourism industries and neighbouring land owners are notified as standard procedure.

The burns are being conducted in conjunction with Forestry Tasmania and the Tasmania Fire Service.

Information about planned burns can be found on the Parks and Wildlife Service website at www.parks.tas.gov.au and on the Tasmania Fire Service website at www.fire.tas.gov.au.