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Overland Track re-opens for walkers

02/02/2016

The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised that the Overland Track will re-open to bushwalkers as of Wednesday morning, 3 February 2016.More

Join in World Wetlands Day celebrations

28/01/2016

The Tamar Island Wetlands Centre will host a range of free activities on Tuesday 2 February 2016 to celebrate World Wetlands Day.More

Major fire fighting effort protecting public and state's important values

27/01/2016

The Parks and Wildlife Service General Manager Peter Mooney has acknowledged the efforts of Department staff, Tasmania Fire Service, volunteers and interstate firefighters who are continuing to undertake a major effort to protect values and infrastructureMore

Aboriginal Heritage

Introduction

Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania, a division of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment, have just launched their new website. The website is designed to be more informative and user friendly. Information has been sourced from a number of areas, including people from the Aboriginal community. This website can now be viewed at www.aboriginalheritage.tas.gov.au
Aboriginal Hand Stencil
Aboriginal people have lived in Tasmania for at least 35,000 years. We know this from carbon dating of some of the material from Aboriginal heritage sites in Tasmania. The effects of climate change since the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) have included a dramatic rise in sea level which led to many of the older sites being inundated. Some of the sites which are under water may potentially be far older than 35,000 years.

The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) through its numerous National Parks, Reserves and Conservation Areas has management responsibilites for over 34% of the land in the State. A large percentage of the area managed by the PWS is remote wilderness and rugged coastline. Within this large and diverse management area are many Aboriginal heritage sites, some of which are of national and international significance.

As a result of the large number of Aboriginal heritage sites that fall within the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service's management area, staff - in particular the field and operational staff - play an integral role in the protection and conservation of Aboriginal heritage sites. PWS works closely with Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania (AHT) to ensure that all staff are aware of sites, how important they are, and how to protect them.

Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania is a division within the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment. AHT employs a diverse crew of people who utilise a wide range of skills to protect, conserve and promote Tasmania’s unique Aboriginal heritage and increase community understanding and valuing of that heritage. AHT work in conjunction with PWS to help build understanding and increase protection of Aboriginal sites within Tasmania.

Through Aboriginal community engagement and partnerships with both the Aboriginal community and various land managers the rich cultural history is being protected and promoted, with education and interpretation becoming increasingly important for the conservation of our rich and unique heritage.

For more information in relation to Aboriginal heritage within Tasmania see the Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania website: www.aboriginalheritage.tas.gov.au

The Needwonnee Walk is a living, changing interpretive experience, with sculptural installations interpreting some of the story of the Aboriginal people of the Melaleuca/Cox Bight region in the remote southwest. See our YouTube channel for a video of the Needwonnee Walk. A booklet/DVD  "Needwonnee ... connecting and sharing" describes the people and the experience. Copies are available for purchase from the Parks online shop