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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 Update

23/06/2004

A large sperm whale stranded in Macquarie Harbour has been successfully shepherded into deeper water. A number of members of its pod were found dead after stranding in the Ocean Beach area.

Parks and Wildlife Senior Ranger Chris Arthur said attention must now shift from the whale rescue operation in Macquarie Harbour to a monitoring program of the whale carcasses.

"There are currently whale remains located at Betsey Bay, Fraser Flats, and on the western shore of the harbour near Bonnet Island. The Nature Conservation Branch have taken samples for research, and report that the carcass on Ocean Beach has already begun to break up", he said.

"The isolated locations of the majority of carcasses and the fact that it's winter mean that the carcasses pose little risk to humans.

"We have had discussions with the Hobart Ports representative at Strahan and have been advised that the remains pose no hazard to shipping.

"There is no plan to bury the whales. Parks and Wildlife and our partners at Nature Conservation regard whale strandings as a Natural phenomenon, albeit sad and unpleasant.

"Given their isolation and subsequent low risk we will continue to monitor the natural process, and are meeting with the environmental health officer from the West Coast Council in regard to the situation", he said.