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The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Brian Wightman recently took a break from his busy Parliamentary schedule to head to Triabunna and visit Maria Island National Park.

As well as fulfilling his commitment to visit as many Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) sites and places Heritage Tasmania is involved with, the Minister met informally with DPIPWE staff.  It was also a great chance for him to get a sense of the opportunities and challenges that face this unique island, off Tasmania's stunning east coast.

The visit included a comprehensive tour by PWS southern regional manager Ashley Rushton who conveyed a strong sense of the island's diverse heritage and various layers of history, including the early Aboriginal use of the island, the two early convict periods of settlement, its history as an industrial centre and base for agriculture, and more recently, a national park.

While on the island the Minister took the opportunity to present a framed certificate and poster to senior ranger, Pete Lingard.

 They were presented on behalf of the Premier and himself to acknowledge the inclusion of the Darlington Probation Station as one of the 11 sites that together form the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property.

 The Minister appreciated his trip to Maria Island and the opportunity to view the excellent work by the Parks and Wildlife Service.

 Access to the island can be arranged via two private ferry operators from Triabunna.  Park entry fees apply and limited accommodation options are available on the island.

Minister visits Maria Island

L to R Pete Smith, Minister Brian Wightman, Ashley Rushton, visit the remote Point Lesueur Probation Station on Maria's west coast.

Minister visits Maria Island

L to R Maria Island senior ranger Pete Lingard receives the poster and certificate from Minister Brian Wightman.