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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

Dolphins stranded on West Coast


Parks and Wildlife Service staff (PWS) and marine specialists from the Resource Management and Conservation Division of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) are assisting in the management of dolphins stranded in the Pieman River on the State’s West Coast.

PWS Incident Controller Chris Arthur said staff have been on site near Corinna since reports of 50 dolphins in the river were received late on Sunday.

The dolphins are in groups above and below the village of Corinna. Approximately 12 dolphins died on Sunday afternoon. A further 34 stranded on a beach at the mouth of the Pieman River. Seventeen have since died.

Mr Arthur said the conditions are proving challenging for the dolphins and the crew on site. 

“We are having to use the river as transport because heavy rain has made parts of the area inaccessible,” he said.

“Strong westerlies are creating treacherous waters at the mouth of the river and making the likelihood of getting large numbers of dolphins back out to sea limited in the short term.

“However while the animals are alive there is hope and we are continuing to plan towards getting dolphins back out into the ocean,” he said.

“We have developed techniques over the years and will be using them to give the dolphins the best chance we can.

“We have a small well equipped group of people working on this stranding and additional resources are arriving shortly. At this stage there is no requirement for volunteers to attend.”