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Encounter Maria Island

20/10/2017

Encounter Maria Island's new ferry Osprey V, that will allow even more visitors to enjoy one of the State's best tourism attractions, was launched today.More

Progress on Cradle Mountain Master Plan

19/10/2017

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

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

Last whale dies after West Coast mass stranding

17/11/2011

The last survivor of the weekend whale stranding on Tasmania’s West Coast died at 7pm last night.


Parks and Wildlife Service incident controller Chris Arthur said the 12-metre sperm whale died following attempts late in the day to return it to the harbour entrance at Hells Gates.


“We did everything possible to save this whale,” Mr Arthur said.


“TheTasmanian team assisting at the rescue are world leaders in whale rescue and our role is to give whales every possible opportunity to survive, which is what we did during the past several days.


“We were fortunate in that we were able to assist two whales to return to the open ocean on Sunday, but we were unable to save the sperm whales that remained in the harbour.


“We learn from every stranding and every stranding prepares us better for the next one.”'


Mr Arthur expressed his gratitude to the Tassal and Pentuna fish farms.


“They were very generous in offering staff and vessels which were critical in the rescue efforts and this has been greatly appreciated.”


Twenty-two sperm whales died after beaching on Ocean Beach outside Macquarie Heads on Saturday. Two minke whales and two sperm whale died in Macquarie Harbour.


The whales on Ocean Beach will be left on the beach and nature will take its course in breaking them down. The whales in Macquarie Harbour will be deflated so they will naturally bed down into the sand and break down.