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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

Maintaining vigilance with campfires

03/11/2017

Parks and Wildlife Service staff have thanked the many campers who have heeded the restrictions placed on campfires and pot fires, but ask that park and reserve visitors continue to take care while the fire risk remains high in certain areas of the State.More

Whale Strandings Update

02/12/2004

Whale Carcass Disposal

Alistair Scott from the Nature Conservation Branch from DPIWE said today if whale carcasses pose a public health risk, then the State Government assists local authorities in disposal.

"Public health risks can arise where whale carcasses decompose near homes and pose a disease risk to humans as a result, or where the area is frequently used by people," Mr Scott said.

"Responses can range from burial, temporary signage directing people away from an area of the beach, towing the carcasses out to sea and, if in a remote area, leaving the carcass to decompose naturally.

"If the whale carcasses are in a remote area where human visitation is infrequent and there is no public health risk, then disposal is a matter for the local authorities.

"In the case of King Island the whale stranding occurred in a reasonably remote area, however we will discuss the issue of disposal with the King Island Council."

In the case of Maria Island, the whale stranding occurred on a popular beach only metres from the ferry wharf and close to the Darlington historic site.

Parks and Wildlife Service South-East District Manager Shane Hunniford said the beach is highly visible and attracts many visitors.
"Burying the carcasses on site is not considered an option," he said.

"The 19 carcasses will be towed by boat from Darlington Beach to a more remote location at Hopground Beach for assessment and autopsies."

Mr Hunniford said that when the scientific investigations are completed over the next few days, the carcasses will be towed out to sea and dumped.

Thank you to all involved in whale responses

The Tasmanian Government today expressed its gratitude to all people involved in responses to the recent whale beachings.
Environment Minister Judy Jackson and Parks Minister Ken Bacon said that both incidents were responded to quickly with a co-ordinated community and multi-agency effort.

"Our heartfelt thanks to everyone involved.

"Our thanks to all the people from Government Departments and to everyone from the wider Tasmanian community for their tireless and superb efforts.

"The efforts of everyone involved at both King Island and on Maria Island have been exceptional.

"The level of community spirit and willingness to help is evident in so many ways in Tasmania and we've seen it again over the last few days.

"Whale rescues are notoriously difficult. The efforts of all involved gave the animals every chance of survival.

"When there is success and whales survive all the hard work is worth it," they said.