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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

Volunteer caretakers sought for Maatsuyker Island

18/08/2006

The Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking self-sufficient volunteers able to withstand the buffeting of the Roaring Forties for a four month stint at Australia's southernmost lighthouse on Maatsuyker Island.
Parks and Wildlife Service general manager, Peter Mooney said it's appropriate that volunteer caretakers are being sought for the island on the weekend that coincides with International Lighthouse Day, on Sunday, 20August.
"Maatsuyker, part of the Southwest National Park, is famous for its rugged setting, 10 kilometres off the coast of Tasmania," Mr Mooney said.
"Volunteers have been assisting the Parks and Wildlife Service in its management of the natural and cultural values of the island for a number of years and we're again seeking expressions of interest from people willing to undertake these duties during a four-month placement on the island.
"They provide a presence on the remote island and help to maintain the buildings and machinery."
On Maatsuyker Island volunteers also work with the Bureau of Meteorology under a separate contract to carry out daily weather observations.
Mr Mooney said that within the community there is enormous affection for lighthouses and the volunteer caretaker programs provide a means for people to contribute to the ongoing preservation of lighthouses and the islands on which they are located.
"Volunteer caretakers on Deal and Maatsuyker islands are very important in preserving the cultural heritage of the islands, including residences and outbuildings.
Last year volunteers contributed more than 50,000 hours of labour to conservation programs in parks and reserves around Tasmania and by far the largest number of volunteer hours were contributed in caretaker programs at Deal and Maatsuyker islands.
These programs provides on opportunity for people to either have extended stays at island lighthouses or be involved in working bees of one or more days as part of a friends group.
The advertisement for the Maatsuyker Islands volunteer caretakers will appear in the Mercury, The Advocate and The Examiner on Saturday, 19 August.