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Campfire restrictions extended due to increasing fire risk

19/01/2018

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

16/01/2018

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

05/01/2018

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

Temporary closure of Maria Island for wildlife management operation

24/06/2013

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) will undertake a wildlife population control operation at Maria Island National Park during the week 30 June to 5 July, during which time the island will be closed to the public.


PWS senior ranger Peter Lingard said that the PWS has a responsibility to manage Maria Island in a way that conserve’s the island’s biodiversity while also maintaining a viable and healthy animal population.


“PWS has been actively managing the island’s macropod species since 1994 and this year there is a need to remove up to 720 animals from the three macropod populations of Forester kangaroos, Bennetts wallabies and Tasmanian pademelons,” Mr Lingard said.


“The decision to remove these animals is based on a scientific monitoring program of three key indicators that provide a picture of the health of the animals, the island’s vegetation and current and future conditions.”


“Maria Island is unique in that the environment has been significantly altered by human use and the past introduction of species, including Forester kangaroos and Bennett’s wallabies, presents ongoing management challenges.


“Population control on Maria is an animal welfare issue. When the macropod populations are too high, animals become sick and distressed and this is what we are aiming to avoid.”


Maria Island is temporarily closed to the public from 30 June – 5 July while the operation occurs.