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Progress on Cradle Mountain Master Plan


An important milestone in the Cradle Mountain Master Plan project has been reached following a competitive tender process, with Cumulus Studio chosen to design the Cradle Mountain gateway precinct and the Dove Lake viewing shelter.More

Exciting new proposal for Tasmania's South East Cape


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


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.

Parks planned burns program a big success


The Parks and Wildlife Service has completed its most successful planned burn program to date, with 45 burns covering a total of 24,000 hectares completed this past seven months.

The Minister for Parks, Environment and Heritage, Brian Wightman, said the burns had achieved their objectives of asset protection, strategic burning and fuel reduction.

“As the largest land manager in the state, the Service uses controlled burns to protect communities adjacent to reserves by reducing fuel levels, to promote regeneration of vegetation that depends on fire and maintain suitable animal habitats,” Mr Wightman said.

“Successfully completed planned burns have provided better protection for the Coles Bay, Ansons Bay, Sisters Beach and West Coast shack communities by reducing fuel in reserves next to those communities.

“While fuel reduction burning does not solve the problem of wildfires by itself, it can make controlling and extinguishing wildfires easier.

“Other strategic burns were aimed at reducing the risk of large wildfires. Some large-scale burns on West Coast reserves will help to reduce the risk of a recurrence of landscape-scale bushfires such as the 70,000 hectare wildfire that burnt much of the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area in 2003.

“In the south-west, burning of the buttongrass plains will help to conserve the habitat of the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot.”

Planned burning is usually conducted during autumn but the wetter than average season meant that fuel reduction burning began in spring and continued through the summer and autumn.

Parks planned burns program a big success

A planned burn in the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area.

Parks planned burns program a big success

Large tracts of areas with reduced fuel will make it easier to control wildfires.