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Visitor safety under the spotlight in new walker safety video

16/04/2018

Visitor safety in Tasmania's national parks and reserves has received a major investment with a suite of projects, including a new feature video on bushwalking preparation and safety.More

Draft Frenchmans Cap Recreation Zone Plan 2018

12/04/2018

The Parks and Wildlife Service has released the Draft Recreation Zone Plan 2018 for the Frenchmans Cap area.More

Redeveloped Lake Tahune Hut now open

12/04/2018

A locally designed and built, energy-efficient and sustainable hut is now welcoming bushwalkers at Lake Tahune on the Frenchmans Cap Track in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.More

Motor vehicles on beaches and state owned land

23/01/2014

Tasmania Police and the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) have recently received an increase in complaints relating to the operation of vehicles on beaches throughout the north of the state.

"The complaints are in relation to the operation of vehicles on reserved land consisting of beaches and coastal areas throughout the state," said PWS compliance officer Michael Spaulding.

"Foreshore areas are particularly vulnerable to four wheel drives, all-terrain vehicles and motor cycles that are operated in areas clearly marked as prohibited. The enforcement of these regulations is particularly important in protecting the values of the reserved land estate in terms of the limiting impact on flora, fauna and geological values as well as preventing erosion in fragile coastal areas and impacting on Aboriginal heritage," Mr Spaulding said.

All operators must stay to formed roads in all public coastal areas with the exception of those dedicated to recreational vehicle use.

These areas can found in publications listed on the Parks and Wildlife Service’s internet site: (www.parks.tas.gov.au) including Ride Around Tasmania, Cruisin without Bruisin’ and Policy for the Use of Recreational Vehicles on State Owned Lands.

"Tasmania Police has also received complaints about vehicles being operated in a manner that causes excessive noise close to residential areas. There have also been complaints received in relation to vehicles being operated without licences or registration," said Inspector John King.

"Anyone operating vehicles on state owned land open to the public (including beaches and reserves) needs to have a current licences and registration.

"Parents should also be aware that under certain circumstances they may be proceeded against for allowing children to operate vehicles without licenses and registration in public areas," he said.

Tasmania Police and Parks and Wildlife Service personnel will be conducting joint operations over the summer period to ensure compliance with current legislation.