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Campfire restrictions extended due to increasing fire risk


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Improved toilet facilities at Bruny Island


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Further upgrade to South Coast Track


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Parks and reserves affected by flooding


Parks and reserves across northern and northwestern Tasmanian have suffered significant damage due to the severe weather and flooding experienced during the past week.

Northern Region manager Chris Colley said that as with the flood damage around the state, a true understanding of the scale of the damage will be realized as staff are able to access areas.

“Our priority is to inspect our key tourism sites, which we will continue to do as a priority in coming days, however it is already apparent that there has been significant damage to roads, bridges, walking tracks, campgrounds and other visitor facilities,” Mr Colley said.

“Given the scale and severity of this flood event, it will take some time to restore access and facilities.

“We are asking that visitors to our parks and reserves to heed warning and closure signs as it is for their own safety. Those reserves that are open may have trees down and roads and tracks that are damaged but passable.”

Among the areas affected are:

  • Mole Creek Caves – both caves are closed, however it is planned to re-open King Solomons Cave early next week. Marakoopa Cave will remain closed until further notice and it is likely to be some weeks before it is able to re-open due to damage and debris.

  • Liffey Falls - is closed until further notice due to significant damage to the road, walking track and boardwalks.

  • Walls of Jerusalem – there is no road access to the park as the Mersey Forest Road is impassable and closed to all traffic.

  • The Ben Lomond Access Road has suffered extensive wash outs due to the recent rains. The road is once again open to general traffic and motorists are advised to use caution and drive appropriately for the deteriorated road surface. Carr Villa Road also suffered severe damage and will be closed to all traffic until further notice.

  • Mountain bike tracks at Trevallyn and Kate Reed nature recreation areas are closed until further notice. Tracks will re-open as track conditions improve.

  • Tamar Island Wetlands Centre and boardwalk is closed until further notice.

  • The Westmoreland Falls walking track has been the site of a landslip and is closed until further notice. 

  • Warrawee Conservation Area at Latrobe is closed as it has been severely impacted with major road and track damage, and structures destroyed or badly damaged. 

For more detailed information on parks and tracks affected by the flood event, see the PWS parks website Track and Reserve Closures page http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=7785.

For flood event information for farmers, dam emergencies, pollution incidents, parks closures, and animal welfare go to www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au