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The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, is seeking the views of the public on the management of the Pitt Water Nature Reserve in south-east Tasmania.

Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) Southern Region manager, Ashley Rushton, said that community input into the draft plan is welcomed by the PWS.

“The plan encourages strong connections with reserve neighbours and the wider community to work closely with the PWS to improve and care for the reserve,” Mr Rushton said.

“The plan acknowledges there has been significant input from community groups in weed control at the reserve and we look forward to hearing the views of the community about future management of this important reserve."

Mr Rushton said Tasmanians who pass the reserve as they cross the causeway to Sorell may not be aware of the internationally recognised values that are present there.

“The reserve forms part of the Pitt Water – Orielton Lagoon Ramsar site and it protects important habitat for migratory birds and rare species and is an important estuarine ecosystem for marine life,” he said.

The 790.6 hectare reserve is located only 20 km from Hobart and consists of five sections – Orielton Lagoon, Barilla Bay, upper Pitt Water, Woody Island and Barren Island.

Copies of the draft plan are available on the Parks and Wildlife Service website at www.parks.tas.gov.au or by contacting Andrea Turbett on 6233 3848 or Andrea.Turbett@parks.tas.gov.au.

 Submissions can be made by email at representations@parks.tas.gov.auand must be received by 10 December 2010.