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Campfire restrictions extended due to increasing fire risk


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


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


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

Caretakers wanted for island's historic site


Fancy spending a few weeks at the fascinating Quarantine Station on Bruny Island? The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) and Wildcare Inc Friends of Bruny Island Quarantine Station group are seeking volunteer caretakers for the station for the 2014/15 summer season.

The island has enjoyed a resurgence of visitation, thanks to the volunteer caretaker program which began in December 2013, with about 800 visitors recorded during the summer. While the station is currently open only on weekends, this will increase to five days a week once daylight savings begins in spring.

The numbers of visitors have exceeded expectations, with occasionally more than 100 people, many with a personal connection to the site, visiting on weekends. Visitors now also arrive by boat, following the installation of a new floating pontoon in Quarantine Bay.

The Quarantine Station Volunteer Caretaker Program on Bruny Island provides opportunities for volunteers to experience living on a peninsula extending into Barnes Bay, in a heritage listed cottage built in 1884 for the medical superintendent.

Volunteer caretakers will provide a physical presence at the Quarantine Station, open the station to visitors on five days each week (Thursday through Monday), provide information about the heritage self-guided walk and the natural history of the area, carry out minor maintenance, and assist with coordination of other PWS and Friends of Bruny Island Quarantine Station activities at the site.

The program consists of six placements of four weeks each, between 16 October 2014 to 2 April 2015. The closing date for applications is 4 August 2014. More information can be found on relevant websites at www.parks.tas.gov.au , www.wildcaretas.org.au  and the application form