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Funding for walking tracks

22/08/2014

The Tasmanian Government has committed funding totalling $6 million for the South Coast Track and the final stage of the Three Capes Track.More

Cockle Creek bridge update

12/08/2014

Work is progressing on construction of a new bridge at Cockle Creek. The photo shows the strengthening works completed on the existing bridge, new piles and head stock for the replacement bridge, and the excavator preparing for new piles to be driven.More

Replacement of Cockle Creek bridge

09/07/2014

Visitors to Cockle Creek in Tasmania's Far South are advised that the Cockle Creek bridge will be closed from approximately 14 July to the end of August 2014, while the old bridge is removed and a replacement bridge is constructed.More

News Archive

August 2014

Funding for walking tracks

22/08/2014

The Tasmanian Government has committed funding totalling $6 million for the South Coast Track and the final stage of the Three Capes Track.

Cockle Creek bridge update

12/08/2014

Work is progressing on construction of a new bridge at Cockle Creek. The photo shows the strengthening works completed on the existing bridge, new piles and head stock for the replacement bridge, and the excavator preparing for new piles to be driven.

July 2014

Replacement of Cockle Creek bridge

09/07/2014

Visitors to Cockle Creek in Tasmania's Far South are advised that the Cockle Creek bridge will be closed from approximately 14 July to the end of August 2014, while the old bridge is removed and a replacement bridge is constructed.

Firewood theft can be costly

08/07/2014

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is warning that unlawfully cutting trees for firewood on reserved land can be a costly exercise and that remote cameras are being used to catch offenders.

Caretakers wanted for island's historic site

08/07/2014

Fancy spending a few weeks at the fascinating Quarantine Station on Bruny Island? The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) and Wildcare Inc Friends of Bruny Island Quarantine Station are seeking volunteer caretakers for the station for the 2014/15 summer.

Ben Lomond winter access

04/07/2014

The Parks and Wildlife Service has streamlined the purchase of parks passes as part of preparations for the annual influx of winter sports enthusiasts at Ben Lomond National Park.

Notley Fern Gorge track re-opens

03/07/2014

The Notley Fern Gorge track has re-opened following the replacement of four bridges and repairs to tracks damaged by a flood event in August 2013.

June 2014

Seaplane flights to visit more destinations in Tasmania's parks

30/06/2014

The Tasmanian Government has approved a commercial licence to Tasmanian Air Adventures to expand its tourist seaplane flights to more destinations within Tasmania's parks and reserves.

Never a better time to rediscover Maria Island

30/06/2014

There's never been a better time to rediscover Maria Island than this winter, with discounted camping, accommodation and ferry rates until 31 August 2014.

Building expertise in caring for sea birds and marine mammals

27/06/2014

Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) staff are better prepared to care for sea birds in the event of an oil spill, and the northwest community is better placed to respond to whale or dolphin strandings, following training held at Ulverstone last week.

Franklin River Nature Trail cleared and resurfaced

23/06/2014

The Franklin River Nature Trail on the Lyell Highway, is in great shape following a program of track clearing and resurfacing by Parks and Wildlife Service staff and contractors.

Move for more tourism development in State's natural areas

23/06/2014

Expressions of Interest are now open for investors and tourism operators with ideas for sensible and appropriate tourism developments in Tasmania's national parks and World Heritage Area.

Maria Island wildlife management operation

18/06/2014

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) will undertake a wildlife management operation at Maria Island National Park during the week of 22-27 June 2014.

May 2014

Lake St Clair art exhibition features this year's Glover prize painting

27/05/2014

This year's Glover prize winning painting Looking South from the Labyrinth to Mount Olympus and Lake St Clair, by Mark Rodda, will be the centrepiece of an art exhibition celebrating the landscape's beauty at the Lake St Clair Visitor Centre.

Prototype hut for Three Capes Track

19/05/2014

Tasmanian building company Island Workshop has built a prototype hut for the Three Capes Track.

Maintaining access to the Arthur-Pieman

16/05/2014

A bridge on a remote track in the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area has a new lease of life following its replacement by Parks and Wildlife Service staff (PWS) and volunteers last week.

Thank you to our volunteers and volunteer groups

12/05/2014

It's National Volunteer Week this week and the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) would like to say a huge thank you to the 90 volunteer groups and the thousands of individual volunteers that each year make an enormous contribution.

April 2014

A celebration of restoration works at The Steppes

29/04/2014

A celebration of restoration works at The Steppes Reserve on Sunday 27 April, has demonstrated what can be achieved by two passionate volunteer groups, the Mountain Huts Preservation Society (MHPS) and the Hobart Walking Club, working with the PWS.

Caring for wybalenna homestead

28/04/2014

The historic wybalenna homestead on Flinders Island has been given a facelift, thanks to a combined effort between Aboriginal trainee rangers, field officers and the Aboriginal Land Council Tasmania (ALCT).

Smoke at The Neck Campground, Bruny Island

17/04/2014

The Neck Campground on Bruny Island remains open this Easter. However there is a considerable amount of smoke in the vicinity of the camping ground following this week's fuel reduction burn.

Fuel reduction burn at Risdon Vale

16/04/2014

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) will undertake a planned burn of 136 ha at Risdon Vale, Hobart, tomorrow, weather permitting.

Macquarie Island free of pests

08/04/2014

The Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project has been declared a success.

Historic mountain hut back in service

02/04/2014

Cradle Mountain's iconic mountain hut, Kitchen Hut, is set to provide a snug and safe emergency shelter for visitors to the Cradle Plateau for decades to come following a major restoration project.

March 2014

Multiple planned burns for 26 March

25/03/2014

The Parks and Wildlife Service is continuing its fuel reduction burning program with planned burns scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, 26 March, at Mt Roland in the north-west, at Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area and near Risdon in Hobart.

Fuel reduction burn planned for Bridport

19/03/2014

The Parks and Wildlife Service is continuing its fuel reduction burning program with a planned burn at Bridport on Thursday, 20 March and Friday 21 March, weather permitting.

Information sought about Macquarie Harbour fire

13/03/2014

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is seeking information from the public about a fire that completely burnt out Elizabeth Island in Macquarie Harbour.

Planned burn at Diana's Basin, Scamander

13/03/2014

The Parks and Wildlife Service is continuing its fuel reduction burning program with a planned burn in the Scamander Conservation Area tomorrow, Friday 14 March 2014, weather permitting.

Lake Barrington access road work complete

05/03/2014

The access road to the Lake Barrington rowing course was re-opened on 20 February following a $40,000 road works program by the Parks and Wildlife Service, just in time for the State Rowing Championships.

New banners for Deal Island Museum

05/03/2014

Seven banners interpreting the stories and images of the Deal Island lighthouse will feature in the Kent Group Museum on Deal Island in Bass Strait, thanks to the Wildcare Inc group Friends of Deal Island.

Planned burn at Gellibrand Point

03/03/2014

As part of the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) fuel reduction burning program, a planned burn in the Gellibrand Point Nature Recreation Area near Opossum Bay, will be undertaken from Monday, 3 March, weather permitting.

February 2014

Fire advice for the February long weekend

07/02/2014

Campers and bushwalkers are urged to be very careful with any campfires and to observe additional fire restrictions that may apply in parks and reserves as we head into a long weekend at the peak of the fire season.

Maria Island ferry operator sought

07/02/2014

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is calling for expressions of interest for a single passenger ferry operator for Maria Island National Park.

DVDs celebrate the Arthur-Pieman

03/02/2014

A suite of three DVDs produced by the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) promotes the sustainable use of the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area, its rich Aboriginal heritage and the passion of the people who live and work there.

Temporary closure of Mersey River suspension bridge for maintenance

03/02/2014

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) will this week begin a program of significant maintenance work on the Mersey River suspension bridge which is used to access the Lees Paddocks walking track within the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

January 2014

Freycinet walking tracks closed due to fire danger

28/01/2014

There is a Statewide Total Fire Ban in place and the Freycinet and Douglas-Apsley tracks have been closed today due to the fire danger.

Motor vehicles on beaches and state owned land

23/01/2014

Tasmania Police and the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) have recently received an increase in complaints relating to the operation of vehicles on beaches throughout the north of the state.

Maria Island Feasibility Study released

20/01/2014

The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Brian Wightman said today that the State Government will soon call for expressions of interest for a sole ferry operator for Maria Island.