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Celebrating the achievements of landcarers

04/12/2017

The Tamar Island Wetland Cares Volunteer Group has been recognised in the 2017 Landcare Tasmania Awards.More

Horsetail Falls walk now open

15/11/2017

Visitors to the West Coast are in for some spectacular views on the new Horsetail Falls walk near Queenstown.More

Bruny Island Neck lookout re-opens

10/11/2017

The walkways and lookout at the Bruny Island Neck will re-open to the public today, following the completion of a new, larger car park that will provide improved access to the popular lookout.More

Macquarie Harbour Whale Stranding

16/06/2004

5.15pm

Efforts are underway to rescue a large sperm whale stranded in Macquarie Harbour. Parks and Wildlife Western District Manager Shane Breen said this evening that slow progress had been made to get the 12 metre sperm whale to deeper water.

"The whale is in slightly deeper water and appears to be OK with its breathing regular.

"A very careful operation is being undertaken to ensure the animal is not too stressed by the operation.

"We need to avoid the whale becoming stressed and entangled in the net.

"Twenty personnel including PWS, DPIWE, Police and local Fish Farm operators are currently working to free the whale which is in about 1.5m of water on Fraser Flats inside the Harbour.

"A 30m fishing net is being used between 2 fish farm vessels to attempt to 'crowd' the animal into deeper water.

"It is a technique that has been used successfully on Flinders Island in the rescue of a Sperm whale last year.

"Obviously conditions are very different here but the method is being trialled again.

"Sperm whales are occasional visitors to Tasmanian waters.

"There were eleven whales stranded on Flinders Island last November.

"In 1998, 62 Sperm whales were stranded on Ocean beach near Strahan.

"The cause of this stranding at this stage is unknown."