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New lease of life for original lighthouse vents

15/05/2018

As part of the ongoing conservation of the Cape Bruny and Maatsuyker Island lighthouses, a team effort has been underway to restore the original bronze vents from the lighthouses' lantern rooms.More

Record visitor numbers at Highfield Historic Site

09/05/2018

Visitation numbers at Highfield Historic Site in Stanley have reached a record high, with 12,535 people visiting in the 12 months ending March 2018.More

Cradle Mountain shuttle bus tender awarded

08/05/2018

A new bus fleet featuring environmentally friendly technology and vehicles with improved accessibility and increased capacity will help to meet increasing visitor numbers following the awarding of the tender to McDermott Coaches.More

Disease Affecting Tasmanian Devils

08/10/2004

Tasmania's most famous and iconic animal, the Tasmanian Devil, faces a devastating disease which is sweeping through the devil population. Like many infectious diseases it appears to be density-dependent. It kills nearly more than 90% of adults in high density areas and 40-50% in medium-low density areas.

The disease, which doesn't seem to be affecting other species, is a cancer most likely caused by a virus. Adult males are the first affected, then adult females. Once symptoms are obvious, tumours spread throughout the body and the infected devil dies within months.

This disease was first noticed in the mid-1990s but has become more prevalent and has now been recorded through the east, north east, south east, midlands and on the edges of the highlands.

The Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment's web site provides details on the disease and the efforts being made to combat it.