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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

Franklin River Nature Trail cleared and resurfaced

23/06/2014

The Franklin River Nature Trail on the Lyell Highway, is in great shape following a program of track clearing and resurfacing by Parks and Wildlife Service staff and contractors.


Northwest Region ranger Ben Hill said the track, one of Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks, was popular with visitors.


“The walk receives between 1,000 to 2,500 visits each week, with greater numbers using the picnic grounds and toilet facilities,” Ben said.


“It’s a beautiful walk past the running rivers, with the lush greens of the rainforest interspersed with splashes of reds, yellow and blues of fungi on the forest floor.”


About half of the 1.2 km track was re-surfaced after staff removed years of accumulated moss and grass growth from the picnic grounds and a contractor removed several dangerous trees. Sixty tonnes of gravel was then spread and firmed up with a wacker packer. Regional staff involved included Ben Murphy, Gary Cole, James Mundy, Nathan Secombe and Adam Reading.


 

Franklin River Nature Trail cleared and resurfaced

The Franklin River Nature Trail before clearing works.

Franklin River Nature Trail cleared and resurfaced

...after new gravel has been laid.

Franklin River Nature Trail cleared and resurfaced

The picnic area grounds before works began.

Franklin River Nature Trail cleared and resurfaced

...after clearing and new gravel.